Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Mar 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by irbis
Privacy, Security, Encryption "An Apple Mac was the first victim in a hacker shoot-out to determine which operating system is the most secure. A former US National Security Agency employee has trousered USD 10000 for breaking into a MacBook Air at CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. The MacBook was lined up against Linux and Vista PCs - which have so far remained uncracked. Nobody was able to hack into the systems on the first day of the contest when contestants were only allowed to attack the computers over the network, but yesterday the rules were relaxed so that attackers could direct contest organisers using the computers to do things like visit websites or open email messages. The MacBook was the only system to be hacked by Thursday. Miller didn't need much time. He quickly directed the contest's organisers to visit a website that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers cheered him on. He was the first contestant to attempt an attack on any of the systems." There is more bad news for Apple: "If you have Apple and compare it to Microsoft, the number of unpatched vulnerabilities are higher at Apple." Update: The contest is over. Vista got hacked using Adobe's Flash, Ubuntu was left standing.
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Ubuntu wins
by tristan on Sat 29th Mar 2008 03:26 UTC
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According to

the Vista laptop was eventually hacked after the Adobe Flash plugin was installed.

I've got to be honest, I'm surprised and *very* impressed that both Vista lasted this long, and that the eventual downfall of the Vista machine was caused by non-MS code. I'm even more impressed that Ubuntu (which doesn't run a firewall by default, and doesn't use SELinux) is still going.

Combine taht with the embarrassing result for Apple and the whole thing is really eye-opening.

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