Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mac Hacked by Web in Two Minutes

This has been touted in the trade media as the fastest hack in the West of a Mac. Charlie Miller was able to break into a Mac in two minutes at this year's CanSecWest conference, according to Computer World.

Last year, Dai Zvi won the prize at the same conference, giving the Mac another nick on the chin.

But does cracking it two years in a year -- at the same conference -- really prove the Mac is any more vulnerable than, say, Windows or Linux?

If you read the story carefully, you'll see Miller only broke in the second day of the contest using a web exploit, apparently on Safari -- though few details have been disclosed for security reasons. The first day contestants could only try to break in via traditional network attacks. No one succeeded.

But Miller directed contest organizer's to a malicious web site with exploit code. Big deal. Web attacks aren't network attacks, and they definitely aren't news.

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