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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by tomcat on Sat 29th Mar 2008 01:17 UTC in reply to "RE: LMFAO"
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So attacks will no longer be against the platform, necessarily, but more against the applications running on top of them. Browsers, plugins, media players etc. will all be the focus of blackhat activity, and that is disconcerting because it means that vulnerabilities in an application on one platform could be easily transferable to other platforms. A flaw in firefox is often a flaw in firefox Win/OSX/*nix. The flaw in Safari that broke OSX could easily apply to the Windows version as well, hard to know without disclosure yet.

Yeah, I agree, and this is a worse threat, in my opinion, because few applications have the scrutiny that the OSes have.

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