Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Mar 2010 22:20 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's that time of the year again; that time of the year where news outlets get to indulge in sensationalist headlines about how Mac OS X got hacked in twenty seconds. Yes, CanSecWest just held its Pwn2Own contest again, and they fell like drunk 16-year-olds this time (don't read too much into that one, please).
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Good Job
by kaelodest on Fri 26th Mar 2010 00:25 UTC
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Honestly Chris Miller seems to have done his homework correctly and thoroughly. Now there are ways to tighten the OS and as a Mac guy I will stand by my tools and techniques. At the same time talking "Mac Security" to Mac users is like leading stupid horses to water. My favorite user(My Wife copy/pasted a link into Safari and pow '0wn3d'). No amount of code signing or address space randomization will replace solid understanding of what I am doing just good situational awareness. So the Next level of responsibility falls to Network Security, I hit the switch on the router. Then I checked my firewall logs and settings. Then I checked the logs on the Mac and the firewall again. It was trying to telnet her/our address book somewhere, that port was blocked, and now that address is blocked. If it hadn't happened in real time I suppose I would only have theory on what I (as more than just a random end user/ my kids or carol in Accounting…) would do if my unhackable box got hacked.
Does this mean that I am safe or less safe on a Mac? or on a PC? or some FOSS/Linux? My wife kept asking me if we were safe. And I suppose that we still are basically as safe as we want to believe. And out in the world or on some open/unencrypted network - Well if it can happen at home (and a failed hack is just as good as a fire for me) then it can happen 100% easier on an uncontrolled network.

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