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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chameleon81, Mar 27, 2008.
MacBook Air Hacked through Safari
In a security hackers contest, the hacker was able to gain control of the MBA through a vulnerability in Safari within two minutes!!! Here is the Article. The contest involved the MBA, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu machines. The Air was first to be hacked. Apple has advertised how secure their OS is and how much of an advantage it has over other competitive OS's. I guess everything can't be perfect. Oh well, hope they don't hack mine.
Apple didn't do very well last year either.
And here I (after switching from Windows a year ago) was just starting to believe that my Mac is secure without having virus protection.
MBA hacked in under 2 minutes at CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN
Wow, $10 grand and a MacBookAir in 2 minutes, sign me up!
Macbook air hacked in 2 minutes in contest
the vista and Ubuntu machines have not been hacked yet.
Way to drop the there Safari Team
It was a Safari exploit. So it's not limited to MacBook Airs.
I didn't know what forum to put it in. I guess the guy who did it is a big apple fans and just wants to strengthen the OS.
Last year it was a quicktime problem that was the culprit.
I never use safari.. so does that mean I'm hacker proof? lol... any OS can be hacked, its just whether or not someone has the time to do it.
Good read. Glad I don't use Safari.
Good to know no one get access through direct attacks.
Preparing the exploit actually took three weeks, but hacked in 2 minutes makes a better headline.
If you can choose to attack (and subsequently take it home) a Vista, Ubuntu or Mac machine, there is no question why he tried to hack the MBA.
I mean who wants a Vista machine, if you can get a MBA?
This is no surpsise. Safari has been subject to security leaks in the past, so naturally, that's where the geeks would look first. Now it's up to Apple to patch that hole
Safari has a vulnerability, which Apple should fix immediately and I have no doubts that Apple will release the fix soon.
However, the exploit requires that you visit a malicious website - so the moral of the story is, don't click on those links if and when you are not sure if the site is legit.
Yeah but the problem is that people click those websites Same happens with Windows.
I use Mac actually I switched like 8 months ago. But security wasnt my motivation. I believe this security and ease of use are marketing things which are being very well practiced by apple.
I think it is the fact that the more people switch to mac the more viruses we will have .
There was $10,000 on offer for the first to break any system so with that logic surly they'd go after the one with the most obvious or easy to find vulnerability??? It's irrelevant which one they get to take home with $10,000 on offer!!!!!!!!!!
You may have said that in jest but it makes us all look like crazy Fan Bois, "they only hacked it as it's the best"
Unfortunately almost all legit sites these days are also running (mainly ad) content from 3rd parties, which can also be cracked to serve the exploits.
if windows lost first, you would all be talking ****.
give me a break
The rules of the contest are here
The first day was attacking the system over the network without any user intervention for a $20000 price, and 3 systems survived.
The second day was attacking the system over the network by directing a user to do some simple things with a default setup, like opening email you send them or visiting a website you prepared. The Mac got hacked here, probably due to a bug in Safari, and the winner got the laptop and $10000.
Note that after the Mac was out of the race, different teams continued to work on the Vista and Ubuntu laptops (and could still win them and their $10000 prices), but both survived the second day.
3rd day (today/tomorrow), you can still win the Vista or Ubuntu laptops plus $5000, and they will now also have "popular 3rd party client applications" installed", though I haven't seen the list of apps yet.
I agree... boy I can hear it now.. LOL..
I am kind of curious as to what Apple has, in terms of teams who try to hack, exploit etc before the OS is released. Maybe Apple needs to hire some fresh talent.
Well you are, there are no viruses out in the wild for OSX. In fact there is no virus protection for OSX viruses.
MacBook Air HACKED in 2 Minutes Flat
Since it was a Safari vulnerability present on all current Macs that they used, shouldn't this be in the General Mac forum, as any Mac can apparently be pwned in 2 minutes flat?