Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:49 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X It seems like flee-in-Apple's-fur, cracker 'Maxxuss', has succeeded in cracking Mac OS 10.4.4 for Intel. "We were just about to hunker down and wait through the cold winter and a wet spring until we saw some results on the OS X 10.4.4 for Intel hacking efforts, but it looks like we're getting a little Valentines present from 'Maxxuss' who has already broken through Apple's heightened security that is present in their shipping version of the OS. It's just a preliminary release, not all hardware is supported and it requires a bit of futzing around to get it to work, but seeing as we weren't expecting this kind of breakthrough this early, we really can't complain."
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RE[3]: hmm..
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2006 01:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: hmm.."
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Well, lets skip the bit about control and maybe lets assume the guy wanted a challenge? hell, he probably has NO interest in running the operating system itself, he just probably finds the whole idea of studying software security an interesting past time.

Some people tweak their cars, others like to play role playing games, and in his case, he likes disecting software and trying to work out how it ticks - and personally, I think its a good thing.

As for the viability of this; I'd say that Apple has only put some very rudamentry software protection in it, just enough to piss people off and simply work to fix the issues with each service pack - in otherwords, if one were to run it on their own machine, they would always be behind the eight ball.

With MacOS X 10.5 around the corner, this is probably the time where Apple will really push up the notch when it comes to security, they would have had over 18 months to come up with a security stratergy that takes advantage of all the features - lets remember guys, there are only limited things you can do in 6months in respects to getting MacOS X up and running, and secure on the x86 platform.

Couple that with the fact that there are limited drivers, and basically you're reliant on using the same motherboard and processor specifications as what the Mac uses, the 'great freedom' people herald on about is nothing more than a fictional fantasy; It would be a hard pressed task to find that same components as Apple and put them together in a beige box cheaper than Apple can, because unlike Joe Basement Geek, Apple gets volume discounts.

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