Mac OS X might not be as large a target for hackers as Windows is, but the appeal is growing, according to a recent iPodNN.com story. Patches issued to correct vulnerabilities in systems are choice bait for hackers; they use the patches to write exploit code targeting those vulnerabilities. An exploit targeting a particular OS X flaw was released less than a day after Apple issued a patch for it, for example.
Citing an eWEEK interview, iPodNN.com quotes analyst and IT Business Edge blogger Rob Enderle for the proposition that an increase in Mac exploits is inevitable. "People... are going after consumers broadly," he says.
Other analysts criticize Apple for lack of a routine patch schedule, but the iPodNN.com writer notes that Apple's "responsiveness" when the need arises has also been recognized.