Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 19:59 UTC, submitted by daedalus8
Privacy, Security, Encryption People shouldn't read anything into the fact that of the three laptops set up for last week's 'PWN to OWN' hack challenge, the only one left standing was running Linux, said the security expert who oversaw the contest. "There was just no interest in Ubuntu," said Terri Forslof, manager of security response at 3Com Corp.'s TippingPoint subsidiary, which put up the cash prizes awarded at the contest last week at CanSecWest. "A contest such as this is not a measure of relative security between operating systems. It's not an accurate barometer."
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Comment by eekee
by eekee on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 20:14 UTC
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2007-12-17

Ten thousand, and the idea that people would pass up $10k just because they couldn't be bothered to try is nuts!

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RE: Comment by eekee
by Don T. Bothers on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 20:24 in reply to "Comment by eekee"
Don T. Bothers Member since:
2006-03-15

"Ten thousand, and the idea that people would pass up $10k just because they couldn't be bothered to try is nuts!"

Maybe people can only enter one competition and the full details of the exploit are not publicized until after the competition. What I got from the article was that there were tons of talented people who were working on breaking Windows and MacOS while only a few people entered to hack Ubuntu. After all, it seems that it was a Flash exploit that is already confirmed to work on Linux that took Windows down.

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RE[2]: Comment by eekee
by Shkaba on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 20:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by eekee"
Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

Surely then one would use the same exploit to get additional $5k

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