Apple is unnecessarily creating security risks for large networks by automatically installing its Safari browser with recent iTunes and Quicktime updates. Though this may only come across as an annoyance to individuals, several companies view this as a security threat.
The Apple Software Update, the program used to update and install various Apple products, is now automatically installing Safari along with any updates to any Apple software. Apple may think it is delivering a blessing to the less-stable Windows world, but the auto-install is creating issues for companies employing large, high-security networks.
"I went into work the next day and I scanned my network, and my inventory software said I have Safari on 30 PCs," said a Soy Capital Bank network administrator to InfoWorld. "This is not good; this is a security risk. We’re a bank."
A truly secure network supporting an institution like a bank would require that network admins know exactly what is installed on every machine, so an automatic "update" like this exposes machines to very unnecessary holes. As we have previously learned, Safari can be a devastating vehicle of damage — just like Internet Explorer.
Some conspiracy theorists might conclude that Apple is purposefully creating trouble for Windows networks to make the Macintosh appear more secure, but that would only be a theory. Then again, big corporations don’t get into shady business, right?