Chapter 2. Past and Current Threats

Before the Flood

Contrary to popular belief, there has never been any shortage of Macintosh-related security issues. OS9 had issues that warranted attention; however, due to both ignorance and a lack of research, many of these issues never saw the light of day. No solid techniques were published for executing arbitrary code on OS9, and I cannot think of any notable legacy Macintosh exploits. Due to the combined lack of obvious vulnerabilities and accompanying exploits, Macintosh appeared to be a solid platform. (See http://www.w3.org/Security/Faq/wwwsf3.html#Q20.)

In the late 1990s, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) stated that, “The safest ...

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