Storms was referring to Apple's sluggishness in updating third-party components within Mac OS X. In the past, Apple has sometimes patched those components months after the original developer or open-source project has issued updates.
Although not in direct response to those charges, Apple last year announced it would stop bundling Adobe Flash -- one of the components it was often slow to update -- with Mac OS X, saying at the time that, "The best way for users to always have the most up-to-date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe."
"If Apple can't update software containing critical security patches to the App Store in a timely fashion, users might be wiser getting their software via a more conventional route," said Graham Cluley, a senior security technology consultant with U.K.-based Sophos, in a blog post Wednesday.
Opera is the only major browser that is available on the Mac App Store; Apple does not distribute its own Safari on the online market.
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