Questions Linger After Apple Fixes Security Flaw in Newest OS Only

Imagine Microsoft trying this stunt: Apple's most recent OS software upgrade, Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, includes a fix for security flaws that remain unpatched in earlier versions of the Mac OS, leading some security experts to wonder whether Apple is using security as a lever to get people to upgrade. Apple says it won't fix the flaws in earlier OS X versions, although the resulting bad press might change the company's mind. "Imagine if Microsoft tried to charge for security fixes--people would go crazy," Thor Larholm, senior researcher for software security firm PivX Solutions, said. Yep. They would. And yet, we complain because Microsoft releases too many security fixes. What a world.

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