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Sep042009

Apple Snow Leopard lacks XP, Vista and Windows 7 security features

Apple Snow Leopard operating system adds a few security enhancements to protect Mac users from malware. But unlike previous versions of Mac OS, Leopard lacks security features that’re built into XP, Vista and Windows 7, such as full Address Space Layout Randomization to thwart attacks from malicious code, and that makes Macs more vulnerable to attack, explained Charlie Miller. But despite its weaknesses, Mac users’ve no reason to panic, as hackers and malicious software coders have very little economic incentive to target the Mac. In short, “Mac users are ducking behind a short wall — but as long as the enemy is firing in another direction, they’re not in grave danger,” Wired.

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