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Researcher cracks Mac in 10 seconds

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posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 03:17 AM
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Reasearcher cracks Mac remotely in 10 seconds

That's right mactards (that includes you skepticoverlord) those expensive pearly white, rancid gray overpriced pieces of junk are just as vulnerable as the next OS and it this fully patched OS was cracked in a mere 10 seconds.



"I can't talk about the details of the vulnerability, but it was a Mac, fully patched, with Safari, fully patched," said Miller Wednesday not long after he had won the prize. "It probably took 5 or 10 seconds." He confirmed that he had researched and written the exploit before he arrived at the challenge.


So it appears the last barrier (the lack of virii) will slowly begin to breakdown as this under achieving OS begins to increase in popularity, i'll stick with windows 7 thanks (even though it's a beta and was also cracked)



According to Terri Forslof, the manager of security response at TippingPoint, another researcher later broke into a Sony laptop that was running Windows 7 by exploiting a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8. "Safari and IE both went down," she said in an e-mail.


I shall await the macheads usual uninformed taunts, but seriously any system can be compromised remotely no one is safe.




posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 03:28 AM
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I'm an avid mac user (i compose music and for myself it is the best op for this). I love them lol. The truth is this was going to happen eventually. It's just that this is the first time... um .... ever? That's what the argument is going to be here. Just because they hacked into it once, doesn't mean every other person is goin to be able to.

Just putting my 2 cents in, don't want to start a mac vs pc war (tho we all know that's what it will turn into lol

P.S

He confirmed that he had researched and written the exploit before he arrived at the challenge...... i wonder how long he researched for?


Cherry



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 03:30 AM
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Also another thing: The reason alot of people turn to macs is because you DO NOT get virus. My partner downloads porn like crazy, and the computer has never had a virus or been slow.....

Then again alot of people use PC's because (personally i think) they are better for the business world... mainly because everyone knows how to use them.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 03:41 AM
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Ok i just reread the link and loled in my pants, lol.




he PWN2OWN rules stated that the researcher could provide a URL that hosted his or her exploit, replicating the common hacker tactic of enticing users to malicious sites where they are infected with malware.

"I gave them the link, they clicked on it, and that was it," said Miller. "I did a few things to show that I had full control of the Mac."


Basically he set up a trojan (which ANY computer is vulnerable to) gave them the url and they clicked on it....... What kind of idiot is going to open something they don't know what it is. Omg, argument over lmao.

Seriously if anyone is interested i'll give you my mac's IP address and you see if you can hack in i seriously doubt it

Cherry



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 03:43 AM
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It's only Macintosh's place as a relatively expensive niche market that has kept it virus free in the first place. What's the point in writing exploits that will only exploit a very small target demographic?



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 04:11 AM
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It happens all the time, usually in these competitions the macs are the first to be cracked since they are the most expensive kit, here is last years results

www.infoworld.com...

Took 2 minutes last year



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 04:14 AM
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Originally posted by CherryDuck
mainly because everyone knows how to use them.


It's because there is a larger software base under windows especially in the corporate market, have you ever attached a mac to a corporate network? the group policies don't work which could leave the network vulnerable.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 04:18 AM
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Nothing is 100 percent secure..if there was such a thing..there would be no efforts in cracking anything.

"If it goes up, soon it will come down".



Cheers!!!!

[edit on 19-3-2009 by RFBurns]



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 04:26 AM
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"ONCE YOU GO MAC YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK"

ohhhhhh yeah



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 04:29 AM
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Well, you alienated me in your first line with "mactard".

I'm a MacTard, and proud of it. If this guy isn't going to be near my mac any time soon, then I don't care.



But I will say, if the vulnerability involved Safari, I would believe it - even in beta 4, they haven't closed it up.

I use FireFox instead.


[edit on 19-3-2009 by mattguy404]



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 05:09 AM
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who's the crazy person that just challenged a hacker? why in the world would you do smoething so stupid. especially on an anonymous site. 95% of all hacks are from boredom alone. they just want to see if they can do it. once you make a challenge like that you better hope the wrong person doesn't see it.

no system is safe if it's connected to the web. even 3 firewalls isn't enough. it'll only take longer. anytime information is sent and received your system is vulnerable. it might take a hacker 3 hours to do it, but they can. this is why you never challenge them, because they'll do it just to piss you off.

edit to add:

and also, please don't piss off teh hackers. they are (or are going to be) an extremely vital portion of today's computer users.

[edit on 19-3-2009 by Mozzy]



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 07:44 AM
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The main reason there are no active threats is that no company with huge resources is making the virii that its product remedies.

Most viruses on PC are either first discovered by antivirus companies or wrote by them to begin with.

No capital to be had = no business attention to that sector. Coincidence?
ABSOLUTELY NOT.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 08:00 AM
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Also, it would be wise not to mix up operating system and web browser.
For the uninformed (including the OP) these are not the same thing.
Plus there's the human factor. If I can get someone to load up backorifice...



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 08:36 AM
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Originally posted by spitefulgod
I shall await the macheads usual uninformed taunts, but seriously any system can be compromised remotely no one is safe.


OOOOOOOOOooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!


Someone has a chip on their shoulder.. did a mac bully you in school or something


Oh no.. I had better stop using my mac.. or the big bad hacker will get me.

Have Osx10.. also have a PC with Vista..

One is used for heavy lifting.. the other one is constantly pissing me off.

No comparison.. sorry



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 08:46 AM
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Originally posted by CherryDuck

Seriously if anyone is interested i'll give you my mac's IP address and you see if you can hack in i seriously doubt it

Cherry


Yes go ahead and post that. I'm fairly certain someone will be up to your challenge, no user intervention required.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 09:30 AM
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wow, OP...nice attitude.

Why are you so anti-mac? If you like pc's and windows, great. I love my mac, and at work it's a perfect fit. I do linux server admin stuff and I think of MacOS as a pretty and well-polished unix. Inherently, the platform MacOS is built on is VERY stable and secure. Is it perfect? no, but show me something that IS. I have no beef with Windows - I have the Win7 beta installed on my Mac as well. My home boxes all run Vista or XP because I have to get my Game on.

Pointing out a vulnerability is one thing, but I fail to see the need to point and laugh at users because their OS of choice isn't flawless.

Let me put some perspective into this. Until recently, if you had a Windows box attached to the network without a firewall, you were basically guaranteed to catch some kind of malware. Just from having an internet connection. Seriously. At work I had to start building machines behind my own little router or installing patches from a USB flash drive.

I'm not saying my MacOS is better than Windows, but I submit that any OS can be a best fit for Someone.

...Wintard.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 09:33 AM
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Buying Macs's fund the taliban,think twice.

Ok not really,anyway i dual boot..xp for my gaming needs(im a huge gamer) and ubuntu for everything else..Macs can go to hell.



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 10:08 AM
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I fail to see where the conspiracy in all this is.
Unless it's the all-mighty conspiracy of idiots at work.
I am on PC, I use XP, Vista, Ubuntu and Mandriva. Used to be like this before, criticising without really knowing. But out of curiosity i tried a Mac OS X not too long ago.
And using Ubuntu isn't a "cool" factor as the previous poster seems to imply.
If he actually cared to check for himself, opened a terminal and typed in a few commands (assuming he knows how to) he'd have realised macs arent that different from his cool ubuntu taylored for challenged individuals.
Mac OS X is fully POSIX compliant, go check your local wiki for POSIX and you might learn a few things about Macs that like me, before I actually decided to open my eyes, had no clue about...

[edit on 19-3-2009 by Chrysalis]

[edit on 19-3-2009 by Chrysalis]



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 12:37 PM
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Originally posted by Chrysalis
Also, it would be wise not to mix up operating system and web browser.
For the uninformed (including the OP) these are not the same thing.
Plus there's the human factor. If I can get someone to load up backorifice...


Cheeky git



posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 12:54 PM
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Originally posted by Chrysalis
I fail to see where the conspiracy in all this is.
Unless it's the all-mighty conspiracy of idiots at work.
I am on PC, I use XP, Vista, Ubuntu and Mandriva. Used to be like this before, criticising without really knowing. But out of curiosity i tried a Mac OS X not too long ago.
And using Ubuntu isn't a "cool" factor as the previous poster seems to imply.
If he actually cared to check for himself, opened a terminal and typed in a few commands (assuming he knows how to) he'd have realised macs arent that different from his cool ubuntu taylored for challenged individuals.
Mac OS X is fully POSIX compliant, go check your local wiki for POSIX and you might learn a few things about Macs that like me, before I actually decided to open my eyes, had no clue about...

[edit on 19-3-2009 by Chrysalis]

[edit on 19-3-2009 by Chrysalis]


Macs can go to hell.I know fine well how they work,now take your assumptions and shove them somewhere.And yes,your also a cheeky git.All this flaming..i need some lime.



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