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Comment there are ways (Score 1) 169

There is tech to inspect compiled code and try to find malicious bits, even in an automated fashion, that won't be fooled by an idle loop. It's far from perfect or being a silver bullet, but it is there and getting better by the day.

Look at what the security firms are now calling "sandboxing". Look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware_analysis#Free_automated_malware_analysis_services.5B2.5D

This is most probably what Apple does already, and clearly needs to get better at.

The bad news is that _it's bound_ to happen again.

This is why I agree with BronsCon, Apple should open doors to the sec community, but I don't think it will happen anytime soon.

BronsCon mentions sideloading as a possible way to do analysis, I don't know if this is the case (can sideloaded apps break the sandbox model?) but jailbreaking would obviously do.

Comment What about security (Score 1) 145

I don't subscribe to this rose-tinted point of view, especially if you look at all this beautiful tech from the security standpoint.
Most of the tech we deal with today was originally designed without security concerns. In most cases, security is an afterthought.
So much for sitting back and taking a break.


Intego's "Year In Mac Security" Report 132

david.emery notes the release of Intego's "Year In Mac Security" report (PDF), adding: "Mac OS X and iPhones that haven't been jailbroken fare pretty well (although vulnerabilities exist, there's not been a lot of exploitation). Apple does come in for criticism for 'time to fix' known vulnerabilities. Jailbroken iPhones are a mess. The biggest risk to Macs are Trojan horses, often from pirated software."

Bash Cookbook 278

Chad_Wollenberg writes "Anyone who has used a derivative of Unix over the past 20 years has used Bash, which stands for Borne Again Shell. The geek in all of us makes us want to extend our ability to rule the command line. To truly master a Unix environment, you need to know a shell, and Bash is easily the most popular of them. Any Unix/Linux/BSD administrator knows the power at your fingertips is fully extended by what you can do within the Bash environment, and all of us need the best recipes to get the job done." Keep reading for the rest of Chad's review.

Comment Re:What software developers have told me (Score 1) 566

Now, I'll confess that this attitude has been diminishing as Linux eeks its way into the mainstream.

Now, what you call diminishing, I call distinguishing.

One should always understand his very nature, and going against it is always a bad mistake in the long run. That is, of course, provided that it's a good nature, and I guess that's the point in case here.

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milkbone underware." -- Norm, from _Cheers_