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Apple is loser in three-way hacking contest

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Apple is loser in three-way hacking contest Reply with quote

I'm not sure how trust worthy the site is but it claims a Macbook Air was hacked first between it, Vista & Linux.

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An Apple Mac was the first victim in a hacker shoot-out to determine which operating system is the most secure.

A former US National Security Agency employee has trousered $10,000 for breaking into a MacBook Air at CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. The MacBook was lined up against Linux and Vista PCs - which have so far remained uncracked.

Contest rules state that Miller could only take advantage of software that was pre-installed on the Mac, so the flaw he exploited must have been accessible, or possibly inside, Apple's Safari browser.

By late Thursday, Apple engineers were already working on patching the issue, said Aaron Portnoy, a TippingPoint researcher who is one of the contest's judges.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read that too! I saw it on Gizmodo or Engadget don't remember, I believe it though, the guy who did was the first to hack the iPhone as well. He's apparently some kinda Apple guru. . . . No biggie, he had to sign a nondisclosure until Apple has been notified, I guess we'll be seeing a Safari update soon! LOL Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ubuntu and Vista boxes have yet to be exploited. I always thought the capture flag contests at Defcon were fun! This was called PWN 2 OWN, lol.

The good news is that none of the laptops were remotely exploitable, which is good. It wasn't until the exploit via email or web browser was allowed that the Mac Air was owned.

I wonder what will be the undoing of the Vista and Ubuntu boxes. They are now installing a bunch of 3rd party software available for exploiting.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Apple is loser in three-way hacking contest Reply with quote

ghostdawg wrote:
I'm not sure how trust worthy the site is

Its been reported on a lot of reputable sites so I would say the story is legit.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I guess for linux, using Ubuntu could be a weakness...since it may have alot of open ports by default, where as other distros, such as Debian, Fedora & Slackware to name a few, would be more locked down.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bull.

First there saying linux and vista haven't been hacked...

Bull both vista and linux have been hacked.

Also did he use a backdoor in another application to hack the macintosh.

There are several story's on the internet where user's where only able to hack mac os x leopard through a backdoor in a microsoft application or a adobe application or using a streaming video hack.

I have heard of no direct attacks...

If there was a direct attack not only would apple release a patch they would immediaty fix the problem.

Also if you noticed he hacked a macbook air but did he try to hack a mac mini a mac g5 a imac a pro tower no he decided to hack a wireless laptop that is designed to communicate with other wireless devices.

Kinda stupid choice don't you think.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you read the stories?

e.g. http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/03/28/mac_hack/

The attack vector was Safari, hardly a M$ application. There is one laptop running each OS, the OSX laptop is an Air. Given the vector was safari, its likely he could have controlled any OSX machine - and just maybe any windows machine running Safari too.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ghostdawg wrote:
Well, I guess for linux, using Ubuntu could be a weakness...since it may have alot of open ports by default, where as other distros, such as Debian, Fedora & Slackware to name a few, would be more locked down.


Yep, I think the idea of this was to use the most common desktop Operating systems and compare them.

MS sounds like they put some good security design into Vista. We shall see how it plays out in the long run. The IE7 protected mode design just strikes me as a great idea. I'm still glad that I don't run that stuff at home. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brutal, but I'm glad to see these types of contests. Anything that makes all operating systems safer is okay in my book.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vista gave in eventually....
http://www.news.com/8301-13579_3-9906001-37.html
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