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: Comment by apoclypse
by macUser on Sat 29th Mar 2008 06:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by apoclypse"
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2006-12-15

I rarely use safari on my mac. I use firefox because I don't like the way safari automatically mounts all of your downloaded content which i think is a huge security risk.


The opening of safe content is a preference that can be turned off. I think it should be off by default and don't like the fact that it isn't. I'm wondering if this attack exploited this default setting, or if the attack was based on some other crack in the code.

Should be real interesting when the exploit is announced.

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