Mac malware memo
The Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab just put out a very interesting report entitled “Malware Evolution: MacOS X Vulnerabilities 2005 - 2006.” The report pretty much enumerates every vulnerability they were aware of for the first 6 months of 2006, and compares these to those for the first 6 months of 2005.
It’s pretty impressive that a report listing every known vulnerability can be put out in the first place; even more so when the report, which goes into significant detail on the key vulnerabilities, is all of maybe 3 pages long.  Additionally, despite it appearing to many of us that there were a reasonable number of serious issues over the past six months, the report concludes that there really weren’t many more than a year ago.  In fact, there were less vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X itself, although there were more affecting specific applications like Safari, Mail and in particular QuickTime (although note that QuickTime is cross-platform which may well account for some vulnerabilities).
The long-and-short of it?  A grand total of 60 vulnerabilities, compared to 51 in the first half of 2005.  How many were there on Windows during the same time period?  A similar report by Kaspersky Lab does not seem to provide a number.  Perhaps they can’t count that high :)
Tuesday, July 25, 2006