Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Aug 2009 18:22 UTC
Apple Almost everything has a processor and/or memory chips these days, including keyboards. Apple's keyboards are no exception; they have 8Kb of flash memory, and 256 bytes of RAM. K. Chen has found a way to very easily install keyloggers and other possibly malicious code right inside these Apple keyboards (more here). Proof of concept code is here as well.
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kokuyoen
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2008-06-13

They're "inside" the computer! And I'm not talking about the files! People are always telling me Apple computers are safer due to better security measures. Riiiight.

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RE: Comment by kokuyoen
by sbergman27 on Sat 1st Aug 2009 19:44 in reply to "Comment by kokuyoen"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

People are always telling me Apple computers are safer due to better security measures. Riiiight.

Do the Psystar clones exhibit this egregious security hole? Or is just Apple hardware that is so unsafe?

Edited 2009-08-01 19:46 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by kokuyoen
by DrillSgt on Sat 1st Aug 2009 19:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by kokuyoen"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

Do the Psystar clones exhibit this egregious security hole? Or is just Apple hardware that is so unsafe?


That is a really good question. Since the flaw itself is in the firmware for the keyboard, I would hazard a guess if the person was using one of the Apple keyboards, then yes, they would be. Of course I have no idea without having the hardware to test it on.

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