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Apple is the Leader in Admitting Software Bugs

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Apple's grown a lot in the last year... in more areas than just product sales.

Apple is the new leader in reports of software holes and insecurities, according to security company Secunia.

To be fair, the Secunia's method tracks the number of publically reported security flaws, leaving Apple's taking the number one spot to be interpreted in different ways.

For one, Apple's reported flaws could mean that the company is more vigilant than others in reporting and fixing bugs in its software. Of course, the flipside to that is that Apple's software has to have those flaws in the first place, otherwise there'd be nothing to report on. Apple's security flaws don't come primarily from its OS X operating system, but rather mostly stem from software like Safari, QuickTime and iTunes.

Apple took the bug list lead over from Oracle, which held the crown for most reports from 2006 to 2009. Microsoft maintained its ranking at third, as it has over the past three years.

Check out the full PDF report here.

(via Ars Technica.)

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    santfu , 23 July 2010 07:42
    amazing stuff, apple releases really buggy software and admits to it (which is cool to be fair) but then on the other hand cultivate an image of total perfection. nuts.
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    Amg , 23 July 2010 09:37
    well apple do admit at least mircosoft don't they just hiddenly fix it via updates, i would hate to see the update list for win 7 I know the one for vista is very long (around 80 now)
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    fjiekie , 23 July 2010 14:25
    let's see: apple reports it, microsoft fixs it
    if this graphs wants to have any meaning, they would have used the update from MS as well.
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    Clintonio , 23 July 2010 19:24
    Marcus, how can you purport the idea that the MOST vulnerabilities is a good idea when every other year people slam Microsoft for having so many flaws (read; failures).

    Admitting flaws is all well and good, but how soon are they fixed? How are they fixed? How often do the fixes fail? How severe are they?

    This is pure bias and spin. Having the most flaws is bad. You have absolutely no statistics on what % of the flaws are reported from each company, so a NORMAL human would assume it was equal proportions. Then looking at it from a 'how large is the software codebase' perspective, realising Windows probably has the largest amount of code, you'd realise under these assumptions Microsoft has less bugs per line than Apple.

    And, in fact, it wasn't long ago (a year?) since I read that Microsoft actually has some of the lowest bug-per-line in the entire software industry, and that the sheer size of Windows is the reason we feel it's so buggy.

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    bv90andy , 23 July 2010 19:50
    I kinda like the way MS is sending updates without bothering me too much about what they do,on the other hand it is important to know when they find a serious flaw in windows or office so we can protect ourselves until they fix it.
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    lozzyho , 23 July 2010 20:14
    To touch on a point Clintonio made, Microsoft doesn't just make Windows. If you've ever had a full MSDN subscription you'd realise just how MUCH software Microsoft has out there. Aside from Windows and Office, there's BizTalk, MOM, SMS, Exchange, ISA server, Visual Studio, the list goes on and on and on.

    Compared to Microsoft, Apple's software product lineup (and hence codebase) is a drop in the ocean.

    As Clintonio said, you'd need to factor in the number of lines of code (or a similar measure) for the graph to give ANY meaningful comparison.