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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RE[2]: Comment by anomie
by jlarocco on Fri 4th Apr 2008 01:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by anomie"
jlarocco
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2005-09-14

Am I the only person who doesn't get the point of stages 2 and 3?

They seem to depend on the user doing stupid things. If you're counting on the user being stupid, it doesn't matter which OS you go for.

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RE[3]: Comment by anomie
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 4th Apr 2008 05:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by anomie"
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2006-01-02

It's not that stupid to click on a link, or to have Flash installed. The link might come from a blog comment or an email. The SWF file might come in an advertisement or off of an innocent-looking link.

Application bugs can be real security vulnerabilities, just like OS bugs. Especially when the application is extremely widespread, like Safari or Flash.

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