Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Mar 2009 06:44 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Privacy, Security, Encryption As he had already predicted, cracker Charlie Miller has won the PWN2OWN contest by cracking Safari and Mac OS X within seconds of the start of the competition. "It took a couple of seconds. They clicked on the link and I took control of the machine," Miller said after his accomplishment. He took home the USD 10000 prize, as well as the MacBook he performed the exploit on. Internet Explorer 8 fell a while later by cracker Nils, who also cracked Safari and Firefox after being done with IE8.
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How embarresing!
by sc3252 on Thu 19th Mar 2009 07:10 UTC
sc3252
Member since:
2005-09-06

All I have to say is it couldn't happen to a more deserving company. Apple elitist attitude just astonishes me.
A good example of this is the charge of $10 to enable bluetooth on itouch players.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=14611

Of course I am still interested in seeing if firefox and internet explorer will get cracked, but this just takes the cake for me.

Edit:ugg, not as great as I thought.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2934
looks like all of them fell, so... Whatever at least apple went first.

Edited 2009-03-19 07:13 UTC

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RE: How embarresing!
by Liquidator on Thu 19th Mar 2009 11:37 in reply to "How embarresing!"
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

I'm surprised Safari fell first... Nothing about Opera. Maybe it's not unsecure enough for the fun ;)

http://talkback.zdnet.com/5208-12691-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=6221...

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RE: How embarresing!
by lqsh on Thu 19th Mar 2009 13:15 in reply to "How embarresing!"
lqsh Member since:
2007-01-01

Wow, I guess I have to throw out my (family's) three stable/reliable/worry-free MacBooks now and switch back to the Windows/PC nightmare ;)

Look, Mac hardware/software is not perfect, but its much better than PC/Windows security defense routine, and the annual Windows reformat.

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RE[2]: How embarresing!
by mightshade on Thu 19th Mar 2009 16:03 in reply to "RE: How embarresing!"
mightshade Member since:
2008-11-20

and the annual Windows reformat.

I don't know anybody who does that, and I don't see a reason to. Well, maybe except if you somehow have the irresistible urge to install and test any software you stumble across.
It's a myth, so stop spreading that.

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RE: How embarresing!
by Ford Prefect on Thu 19th Mar 2009 13:44 in reply to "How embarresing!"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

What have Apple's pricing decisions to do with the security of their browser exactly??

Do it like me: If you don't want to spend that money, then just don't!

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RE: How embarresing!
by aphistic on Thu 19th Mar 2009 15:22 in reply to "How embarresing!"
aphistic Member since:
2005-07-07

A good example of this is the charge of $10 to enable bluetooth on itouch players.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=14611


You make it sound as though all you get for your $10 is bluetooth, which is completely untrue.

Apple's not doing anything other software companies haven't done before.

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RE: How embarresing!
by Chicken Blood on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:58 in reply to "How embarresing!"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

How embarrassing - not being able to spell embarrassing.

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