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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RE[2]: Comment by kokuyoen
by DrillSgt on Sat 1st Aug 2009 19:48 UTC 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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RE[3]: Comment by kokuyoen
by sbergman27 on Sat 1st Aug 2009 20:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kokuyoen"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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.

But Psystar doesn't use Apple hardware. They come with Logitech keyboards and mice, so far as I know.

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RE[4]: Comment by kokuyoen
by shiva on Sat 1st Aug 2009 20:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kokuyoen"
shiva Member since:
2007-01-24

Probably the hackintoshes are more secure than Macs because of the wide variety of hardware for PCs !

This is the reason why i am happy with my grey PC with a linux distribution. There are M x N different hardware/software combinations to malwares infect, which is much less probable.

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RE[4]: Comment by kokuyoen
by DrillSgt on Sat 1st Aug 2009 20:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kokuyoen"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

But Psystar doesn't use Apple hardware. They come with Logitech keyboards and mice, so far as I know.


Good point. It would come down to if Logitech keyboards can be exploited in this manner then.

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