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  • CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

    I love to see legal contests that push hacking to the limit for money and fame. Three PC's with three OS's get hacked, and guess what OS got zapped first...

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,14...l?tk=nl_dnxnws
    Last edited by Greyhatter; March 29, 2008, 14:35. Reason: accuracy

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    Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

    Only two minutes for $10,000. Nice...
    "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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    • #3
      Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

      I hope this forces Apple to reconsider their stance on having a Chief Security Officer, and having a security team that looks into vulnerabilities and fixes them.

      It is very much unacceptable that open source software that has been patched for months/even years now is vulnerable since Apple has not released a new update to their OS.

      I am not surprised at all that the Mac was a prime target and that once one is allowed to couch a user through to clicking a link that it was owned. There have been many flaws in Safari over the past few weeks, and several of those had not been fixed by Apple, even-though they were freely available on the net weeks before their 10.5.2 update was released. Security of the Unix user model only goes as far as the software interacting with it. In this case Safari.

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      • #4
        Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

        Originally posted by theprez98 View Post
        Only two minutes for $10,000. Nice...
        Don't forget the two days before the contest it took for the dude to code up the web page. I bet if the linux machine was the new top of the line Alienware laptop it would have been the first. You notice they went in order of value? Besides, who uses Safari?? I only use it on my phone...

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        • #5
          Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

          Originally posted by barry99705 View Post
          Don't forget the two days before the contest it took for the dude to code up the web page. I bet if the linux machine was the new top of the line Alienware laptop it would have been the first. You notice they went in order of value? Besides, who uses Safari?? I only use it on my phone...
          Well of course, anyone in this sort of contest who intends to win is going to do their fair share of preparation.

          As for how many people use Safari, here are the October 2007 estimates on browser market share:
          IE - 77.9%
          Firefox - 14.9%
          Safari - 5.1%
          Opera - 1.0%
          All others < 1.0%
          Current estimates place ~1.3 billion of the world's 6+ billion people connected to the Internet in some way. This means an estimated 60+ million people may be using Safari. I'd say that's enough!
          "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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          • #6
            Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

            Originally posted by theprez98 View Post
            This means an estimated 60+ million people may be using Safari. I'd say that's enough!

            I'd say that's far too many.
            perl -e 'print pack(c5, (41*2), sqrt(7056), (unpack(c,H)-2), oct(115), 10)'

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            • #7
              Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

              same thing here, i just used safari on my phone. But still, I considered myself a user. And the hacking contest, that is cool.. 10,000 in just 2 minutes? awesome.

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              • #8
                Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                I don't understand why people knock Safari so much. WebKit is an awesome engine, and has shown that it is the easiest to hack in new support for standards (and with hack I mean code up a very clean awesome solution), and provide an engine that is capable of easily being ported. Safari is a clean lean browser.

                On Mac OS X it is one of the better browsers, there is nothing that can really compare to it. FireFox is definitely not an option. Camino is a pretty valid substitute, but it just does not feel like it is part of the OS.

                Safari by any other name would be Epiphany, Konqueror and, and several others that have popped up since WebKit has been open-sourced and ported to mobile platforms, QT4 and GTK.

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                • #9
                  Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                  Originally posted by Chris View Post
                  I'd say that's far too many.
                  I agree totally. But even if its off by 50% or even 75%, it's still in the tens of millions.
                  "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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                  • #10
                    Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                    You misunderstand. If one person is using Safari that means one person is using OS X...and that my good man is one too many.
                    perl -e 'print pack(c5, (41*2), sqrt(7056), (unpack(c,H)-2), oct(115), 10)'

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                    • #11
                      Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                      Originally posted by Chris View Post
                      You misunderstand. If one person is using Safari that means one person is using OS X...and that my good man is one too many.
                      I guess it shouldn't be surprising that I had actually considered that this is what you meant.
                      "\x74\x68\x65\x70\x72\x65\x7a\x39\x38";

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                      • #12
                        Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                        Eh, guess I am one too many. Safari also exists on Windows, do you have the same mindset with regards to Windows?

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                        • #13
                          Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                          Originally posted by Chris View Post
                          You misunderstand. If one person is using Safari that means one person is using OS X...and that my good man is one too many.
                          I see you're still pissed at Apple.

                          Originally posted by 0x58 View Post
                          I don't understand why people knock Safari so much. WebKit is an awesome engine, and has shown that it is the easiest to hack in new support for standards (and with hack I mean code up a very clean awesome solution), and provide an engine that is capable of easily being ported. Safari is a clean lean browser.

                          On Mac OS X it is one of the better browsers, there is nothing that can really compare to it. FireFox is definitely not an option. Camino is a pretty valid substitute, but it just does not feel like it is part of the OS.

                          Safari by any other name would be Epiphany, Konqueror and, and several others that have popped up since WebKit has been open-sourced and ported to mobile platforms, QT4 and GTK.

                          I've not had problems with Firefox. Of all the Mac users I know (quite a lot) maybe two or three use Safari. Most use Firefox.

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                          • #14
                            Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                            Originally posted by barry99705 View Post
                            I see you're still pissed at Apple.
                            see... i think that what Chris (and, in fact, what I) experience with Apple is not what others experience.

                            Most people who allegedly "hate" Apple do so for one of two reasons...
                            1. They ran into some specific, minor problem with one of their products or devices (or possibly simply couldn't figure out how to get one of their products or devices to do something they wanted it to do). I would call these people "frustrated" with Apple.

                            2. They are being trendy, since it's hot to bash just about any company/band/politician who has a fanatical fanboy following. I would call these people "annoying"

                            However, what Chris, I, and others have experienced with this company leaves a black burn mark on our very soul somewhere. His was a tale of frustration, fury, and ultimately supreme fucktard-ism on the part of a company that absolutely couldn't get their shit together at all. My hatred comes from overall business models dedicated to intentionally-different, proprietary technology (particularly as far as codecs, multimedia platforms, and personal tech devices are concerned) that do nothing but shove DRM down people's throats while making them pay 3x as much as they should for the privilege.

                            All in all... i'd say the dividing line between people who truly "hate" Apple and those who are just slightly pissed is "how will you behave when the next over-hyped Apple gadget comes out?"

                            Everyone who is in category one and two above will drool and get in line over the next iPod or MacBook Air or whatever. People like Roamer and I will roll our eyes and walk the other way.

                            btw... obligatory reference...

                            (click to read the full page. it's fucking great)
                            "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                            - Trent Reznor

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                            • #15
                              Re: CanSecWest hacking contest UPDATE (How did your OS fair?)

                              Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
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                              Deviant's very insightful reply removed for brevity.

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                              Deviant is correct about my experience with apple and the reasons behind why I despise them as a company and refuse to support them financially.


                              What NEVER ceases to amaze me though is what I consider to be a VERY hypocritical mindset within this community (lest this be misconstrued due to the odd pseudo quoting in my reply, this is in NO WAY directed at Deviant, who is anything but a hypocrite). People can't stop bitching about how important their privacy is to them, but can't sign up for gmail fast enough because they love the storage. People can't stop complaining about Microsoft or Verizon's horrible business practices but get whiplash turning their head from WORSE practices by Crapple because the hardware is sexy.

                              I am not naive enough to think that every company that I have purchased products or services would never deceive the consumer or hide a shady business practice. I CAN say that when/if I find out about it I am not willing to just look the other way because it is convenient or trendy.
                              perl -e 'print pack(c5, (41*2), sqrt(7056), (unpack(c,H)-2), oct(115), 10)'

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