RE: Apple vs. MS - more secure?

From: Vaughan, Ben (
Date: 03/29/02

From: "Vaughan, Ben" <>
To: "'Justin Kremer'" <>,
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 09:42:15 -0600

From the network side of things, an OS X box shows no ports open with a
vanilla nmap scan. A WinXP box (standard install, participating in an
Active Directory) shows 5 ports open, netbios services, 1025/tcp and
5000/tcp with a vanilla nmap scan.

What does this tell us? Not much other than Apple was smart enough to leave
the networks services turned off after the installation.

From an application view, both systems come loaded with lots of bits.
Plenty of potential for trouble...

Ben Vaughan
Systems Engineer, Engineering Computing Support Services
210 Marston 515 294-1629, Iowa State University

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Justin Kremer []
> Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 12:32 PM
> To:
> Subject: Apple vs. MS - more secure?
> Just curious what you all think about the new Mac OS X. Which is more
> secure out-of-box; Windows XP or Mac OS X?
> -Justin