It might not rise to the level of gloating, but in light of the beating that Windows Vista is taking in Apple's TV ads, it's clear that some members of Microsoft's security team are, ahem, taking note of some recent news items about Mac OS X security issues.
In this post from yesterday, for example, Microsoft's Jeff Jones starts by saying that he doesn't put a lot of stock in hacking contests such as the one this week at a CanSecWest conference. Then he continues:
"Okay, having said that, given how obnoxious and misleading I find those Mac OS X ads and how they've spent millions of dollars publicly criticizing Windows Vista security improvements, I find it ironic and apropos that Mac OS X was the first machine to be owned in the PWN 2 OWN contest at CanSecWest today."
On his blog, Microsoft's Robert Hensing notes that the Mac was hacked within 10 minutes of the start of the contest's second day. "Wonder what took so long? :)" Hensing writes.
As documented by Jones himself, there have been signs of improvement in Windows Vista's security, but given Microsoft's history of security problems, it will be interesting to see how people react to their posts.
Apple, Mac OS X, Security, Vulnerability, Microsoft, Windows Vista