Boot Camp won't expose Mac OS to viruses

By Derek Sooman on April 13, 2006, 4:31 PM
The release of Apple's Boot Camp software which allows XP to be dual booted with Mac OS has made some users nervous that the myriad security problems with XP will affect their Mac OS installation. Analyst firm Gartner has been quick to dismiss those fears.

In an advisory published on Gartner's website last week, research VP Michael Silver said administrators should ignore any suggestions that Apple's move to Intel processors will expose the system to security vulnerabilities.

Silver said in the advisory: "All users should ignore any hype about the possibility of exposing the Mac OS to more viruses or worms. The Mac software will be located on another partition within a different file system; thus, running Windows on a Mac will not expose the Mac software to more malware."

However, one should note that if Apple's move to Intel CPUs and the provisioning of Apple's Boot Camp software leads to Mac OS being more commonly used, this will likely encourage cyber criminals to increasingly target the OS with malware. XP is a main target because of its popularity, and if Apple's OS becomes more popular, it will be more targeted too.




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DragonMaster said:
Not the same partition, but can you access/write your OS X data in XP with it?
Julio said:
Mac OS will hopefully remain isolated to these kind of problems, however there could be viruses that target the dual booting platform, hence making the computer inoperable anyway.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by DragonMaster:[/b][quote]Not the same partition, but can you access/write your OS X data in XP with it?[/quote]You'd need a HFS+ driver for XP, otherwise no.
DragonMaster said:
Maybe Boot Camp includes one?
loconel said:
All I can say is Oh Well!
nathanskywalker said:
Oh, huh, nice....i don't really like macs, but hec, good for them i guess. But still, why anyone would buy a mac and then put Xp on it instead of just buying a dell is beyond me.
Agent_J said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote] Oh, huh, nice....i don't really like macs, but hec, good for them i guess. But still, why anyone would buy a mac and then put Xp on it instead of just buying a dell is beyond me.[/quote]maybe because they like macs, but want to be able to run win apps?
DragonMaster said:
[quote]maybe because they like macs, but want to be able to run win apps?[/quote]WineHQ is going to be available for Mac-Intel OS X.
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