Friday, March 28, 2008

Apple's Leopard lasts '30 seconds' in hack contest

Apple's Leopard has been hacked within 30 seconds using a flaw in Safari, with rival operating systems Ubuntu and Windows Vista so far remaining impenetrable in the CanSecWest PWN to Own competition. Security firm Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) — the same company that discovered the first iPhone bug last year — has successfully compromised a fully patched Apple MacBook Air at the CanSecWest competition, winning $10,000 (£5,000;) as a result. Although the competition recorded the hack taking eight minutes, Charlie Miller, a principal analyst with ISE, told that it took just 30 seconds and was achieved using a previously unknown flaw in Apple's Safari web browser.

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