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[4]: Comment by apoclypse
by sbergman27 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 17:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by apoclypse"
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It's simply not true that Ubuntu doesn't have a firewall enabled by default, it's called IPtables.

That would be a new feature of Hardy, then. I ran a Hardy development release for a while on my laptop a couple of months ago, and didn't notice. But I believe I did an in-place upgrade.

But as I indicated, there have never been any ports listening by default on an Ubuntu install. And so, as Spock would say, a difference which makes no difference is no difference.

Edited 2008-03-29 17:15 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by apoclypse
by SlackerJack on Sat 29th Mar 2008 17:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by apoclypse"
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It's not a new feature, it's just they must have modified the iptables better to suit. By default before Ubuntu used to respond to ICMP Echo Requests, in hardy is doesn't, I actually remember making a report about this to the Ubuntu devs.

Edited 2008-03-29 17:24 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by apoclypse
by sbergman27 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 18:22 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by apoclypse"
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I'm quite certain that in previous Ubuntu releases:

iptables -L -n

lists no rules at all. I've checked that after more than one default install.

I did a bit of research, and it looks like they are adding something called "Uncomplicated Firewall" in Hardy, and perhaps now have some default iptables rules in place after the install.

Edited 2008-03-29 18:23 UTC

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