ZDNet’s George Ou decided to find out whether the old accepted wisdom that Mac OS X had less security vulnerabilities than Windows to the test. So he took a look through all the Secunia advisories on the two OS’s, and totalled up the number of vulnerabilities (note – this isn’t the same as the number of advisories, as Secunia, Apple and Microsoft all bundle together multiple vulnerabilities in single advisories.
The results show that, in fact, Mac OS X has had more vulnerabilties over the past couple of years, and that the number of so-far unpatched ones on each platform is relatively small – 3 on Windows to 1 on OS X.
Predictably, the Mac zealots are going ballistic, and accusing George of “bias” simply for digging out fact which show that the Mac may not be the uber-platform they want. One zealot – and he really does deserve the name – thinks George should be “banded” [sic] from writing. Ladies and gentlemen, the bare facts do not lie.
These Mac zealots – who don’t, incidentally, represent the majority of Mac users – remind me of that poster that was up on the wall in Agent Mulder’s office, with “I WANT TO BELIEVE” on it. They want to believe that an OS can be perfect. They want there to be a special fairy-land where Bad People can’t get at their data. And they don’t want to think they might have to actually take some precautions themselves. They want The Mothership to do it all for them.