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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RE[3]: Finally...
by JMcCarthy on Sat 29th Mar 2008 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Finally..."
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Please, what a load of non-sense. Anything in ports is just as insecure as it is on any other operating system.

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RE[4]: Finally...
by raver31 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 07:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Finally..."
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Clearly you have had no experience with a BSD system then.

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RE[5]: Finally...
by JMcCarthy on Sat 29th Mar 2008 08:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Finally..."
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>Clearly you have had no experience with a BSD system then.
... Are you trying to be silly? Are _BSD developers maintaining super-duper secure forks of everyones favourite *nix programs that the rest of us aren't aware of? I don't think so. At best there are a custom patches for compatibility purposes.

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RE[5]: Finally...
by pxa270 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 09:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Finally..."
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What he said is mostly correct, though. Just go to and read the big red text if you don't believe that.

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RE[4]: Finally...
by sakeniwefu on Sat 29th Mar 2008 18:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Finally..."
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Even if the piece of software IS insecure, most attacks won't have any chance in OpenBSD.

Read this.

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