Black Hat: Apple lags behind Microsoft in patching security

Apple's teasing commercials that imply its software is safer than Microsoft's may not quite match the facts, according to new research revealed at the Black Hat conference on Thursday.

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology looked at how many times over the past six years the two vendors were able to have a patch available on the day a vulnerability became publicly known, which they call the 0-day patch rate .

They analyzed 658 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products and 738 affecting Apple. They looked at only high- and medium-risk bugs, according to the classification used by the National Vulnerability Database, said Stefan Frei, one of the researchers involved in the study. What they found is that, contrary to popular belief that Apple makes more secure products, Apple actually lags behind in patching.

Link: Yahoo News

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What they found is that, contrary to popular belief that Apple makes more secure products, Apple lags behind in patching.

Contrary to popular belief that pigs fly, the sky is pink with yellow dots.

What's the point in comparing two different things such as a) Security of a certain software, versus b) The time the vendor takes to patch it?

The end of the copied / pasted section at Neowin doesn't help much, and the original Yahoo news didn't look much better, until they stopped writing and started pasting what Mr. Stefan Frei said.

"Apple's... commercials that imply its software is safer than Microsoft's may not quite match the facts"

It is well known that Apple's commercials lack any kind of reality or factual accuracy. We didn't need a study to prove this although the numbers are interesting to look at.

The only "popular belief" that Apple's products are more secure are their own customers who buy their hype.

ooh but it's ok because they're apple.. they're pretty, ergo they are perfect despite their inability to remain competent as a software company :rolleyes:
you definitely don't always get what you pay for; case in point: apple.

queue the fanboys...

I suppose that is the price you pay for popularity - piracy and constant security issues...

I am sure that with time Apple will catch on with it's ability to patch itself up quicker..

lol if u mind apple isn't as popular as Windows,neither would be,since i expect their market share growth haly by 2009- 2010

This is only more proof that OSX is more vulnerable,even with their tiny market share globaly.