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[2]: Comment by apoclypse
by apoclypse on Sat 29th Mar 2008 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by apoclypse"
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Well I meant to say in the past. I think they've included an easy to use command line firewall utility this time around and they should be working on a UI for the next release. With 7.10 many complained about Ubuntu's security compared to other distros and the Ubuntu devs heard their pleas and are now making the OS more secure (than it already is apparently).

I think Ubuntu was the perfect candidate for Linux in this contest, Its the most popular distro out there and because of the market that canonical wants to focus on the distro would be perfect to exploit. The fact that it couldn't be done even with all the third party apps that come installed with Ubuntu by default and all the binary drivers that it installs for your hardware, it just makes Linux look like a rock.

The funniest thing about apple is that they don't even acknowledge the Linux community, their focus (and I guess rightly so) is solely on windows users. This just doesn't make them look good at all, loosing to windows is harsh,

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