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Security experts say poor driver design leaves doors wide open

Two security researchers from Black Hat this week revealed a method in which a MacBook can be broken into and taken control of. In fact, the intrusion method is at such a low level that even firewalls and anti-virus applications can't help. Based on flaws in wireless network driver design, Apple's line of MacBooks -- and MacBook Pros -- allows an attacker to remotely bypass the security of the laptop and the operating system.

Jon Ellch and David Maynor from Black Hat say that drivers for Apple's notebooks are developed not in house, but outside using contracted development companies. Ellch says that often times, these development people are under so much pressure from higher management to get working drivers so that companies can rush our products to market. Under circumstances like this, drivers for devices such as wireless network processors enter "the wild" in an untested state.

However, Mayner said that "we're not picking specifically on Macs here, but if you watch those 'Get a Mac' commercials enough, it eventually makes you want to stab one of those users in the eye with a lit cigarette or something." Mayner cites that many of Apple's commercials claim that Macs don't suffer from the same security vulnerabilities that PCs do but in fact, they do.

The team at Black Hat demonstrated that they could circumvent the Wi-Fi security and OS level security in a MacBook and within just 60 seconds, were able to take complete control of the machine. Black Hat demonstrated the technique through a pre-recorded video to prevent anyone from intercepting the wireless network traffic to deconstruct the attack and release it elsewhere. Black Hat said that it has been in contact with both Apple and Microsoft, because the vulnerability exists on both sides.



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RE: Amen
By nunya on 8/5/2006 5:33:11 PM , Rating: 4
Jeesus, STFU already. You're as bad if not worse than the MS fanboys you're trying to bash.
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Follow ME Apple zealots, I am your leader! I am so much smarter than these people that it gives me wood tearing their arguments apart. In fact, I'm hard right now. I can't see it under my belly but I know it's there!
OSX has flaws just like any OS. Just because it doesn't have the same flaws that Windows has doesn't mean it's some super-OS here to save mankind. I think it's obvious that if Apple developes the iPeen Pro you'll be the first in line to see how much you can get in your mouth but most of us evaluate their products with a level head.

Look, I can be as cool as you!

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TomZ, I won't go as far as to say you are brainwashed...

Blah, blah, blah, STFU.
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building SENSIBLE and WELL BALANCED security shell for the user.

Blah, blah, blah, STFU.
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Everything would be MUCH better if

Blah, blah, blah, STFU.

Wow, it really IS easier to be smarter than everyone else!

Now, how do YOU like THEM apples?


RE: Amen
By Pirks on 8/6/2006 8:05:09 PM , Rating: 1
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Just because it doesn't have the same flaws that Windows has doesn't mean it's some super-OS here to save mankind.
Just because someone criticizes OS that you worship, it does not mean some alternative OS will save mankind.
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Now, how do YOU like THEM apples?
I like apples, but I don't like you creating useless noice. Either add someting valuable or please abstain from polluting this thread. Thank you.


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