there's plenty of interesting security holes in OS X allowing for privilege escalation etc I thought current Mac OS was based on Free BSD, and that that was fairly good for security. Not so?
OS X is based on different bits of pieces, including some
FreeBSD code (but it's certainly not "based on FreeBSD
" in the sense of being a *bsd kernel + extra userland stuff). Mac users are smug and want you to believe their system is secure, while in reality it probably has bigger problems than Windows... especially since Vista introduced various hardening efforts. They just recently
fixed a kernel bug allowing arbitrary memory overwriting - things like that are dangerous, since they allow you to do basically anything
, including local privilege escalation.
It's not like linux is all that hot
either - bug in all kernel versions since 2001 not fixed until Aug13 this year.
Remember that just because you haven't heard about an exploit in the wild doesn't mean it's not been discovered and is being abused. With small(er) marketshare OSes, it's far more valuable to keep 0day flaws to yourself and target special victims for blackmailing, espionage, whatever than it is to try and do botnet harvesting.
Btw, HAL.DLL missing? Let me guess, either running XP with administrative privileges,erm, probably - I was one of the few people that were allowed to install anything, so had at least some level of admin privileges. I don't know much about that level of operation, and rather assumed I didn't have full power...
Well, the techie shouldn't be making smug remarks about OS stability if users are allowed to run with admin privileges - that's equivalent to giving somebody a root account and claiming that *u*x is insecure after he does "rm -fr /"