Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Mar 2009 06:44 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Privacy, Security, Encryption As he had already predicted, cracker Charlie Miller has won the PWN2OWN contest by cracking Safari and Mac OS X within seconds of the start of the competition. "It took a couple of seconds. They clicked on the link and I took control of the machine," Miller said after his accomplishment. He took home the USD 10000 prize, as well as the MacBook he performed the exploit on. Internet Explorer 8 fell a while later by cracker Nils, who also cracked Safari and Firefox after being done with IE8.
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RE: Money
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 19th Mar 2009 08:47 UTC in reply to "Money"
Thom_Holwerda
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Definitely true. Which is why Microsoft is actively seeking out people like Miller and paying/employing them to do just that,and it's also why they actually had people present during the contest. That's what we call an active security policy.

But let's face it, Microsoft needed such a policy. Vista and 7 are doing much better now, though. Apple has had no reason to do this, and this exploit probably doesn't really change anything about that. This exploit might be fun and all, but it doesn't really change the fact that Mac OS X is still pretty secure.

Then again, so are Linux, Vista, and 7. Security is no longer really a reason to specifically pick either of those (well, unless Microsoft stays in retard mode and doesn't fix the broken UAC in Windows 7).

Edited 2009-03-19 08:49 UTC

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