The Inquirer.net

DESPITE THE RABID CLAIMS of Apple fan boys that its software is more secure than anything else on the market, Jobs’ Mob products were the first to be trashed again at a Pwn2Own hacking competition.

In fact flaws in the Iphone OS and zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari 4 web browser made a mockery of Apple’s advertising.

Flaws were also found in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 8 but apparently hackers had some trouble getting around exploitation mitigations in Windows 7, although eventually they did.

Researcher Charlie Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, quickly exploited a vulnerability in the desktop version of Safari running on Mac OS X. He won $10,000 for the exploit, which was one of 20 zero-day bugs that Apple fanbois deny exist in OS X.

Miller’s exploit opened up a remote shell, which he accessed and was able to run any malicious code he wanted. We guess it just worked!

Miller said discovering the 20 zero-day vulnerabilities took him only three weeks using three computers, so who knows what he would have found if he had kept looking.




  1. ggore says:

    The facts remain, despite this baited story:

    Are there any Mac viruses worth worrying about? NO
    Has there ever been a significant virus attack on Mac? NO
    Is there a Mac virus attack currently going on? NO
    Is there malware worth worrying about for Macs? NO
    Has there ever been a significant malware attack for Macs? NO
    Is there a malware risk right now for Macs? NO
    Do you need to have antivirus, malware, and spyware installed on your Mac before you dare put it onto the internet? NO
    End of subject.

  2. BubbaRay says:

    #21, ggore, do you know why there are no virus attacks on Macs? Hackers just don’t care about such a machine, there are so few there’s no profit or success story in it. Who cares about a Mac or who owns one?

  3. qb says:

    #22 Same with Linux really. Hackers like Miller figure it’s vulnerable as well, but why bother. Windows eventually falls apart or get infected. I keep clean copies around as VM’s and replace it when things go bad.

    I’m thinking simpler, easy to reimage OS’s (obviously you need good data backup) will become more common. People on this blog are probably a little more savvy but the average user doesn’t care much beyond mail, web, some word processing, simple photo management, and music. You really don’t need Windows 7, Snow Leopard or Ubuntu to do that.

  4. madtruckman says:

    these hackers think they are all big and bad, fine. i say if its so friggin’ easy to hack macs, then go for it! hack away! macs are no longer the silent majority anymore so i say let the mac viruses flow! ive been in the school of, with macs, if you get a ‘virus’, you put it on yourself. i say bring it on and let the apple fans tread their way through such ‘viruses’ that these guys who dont leave their mom’s basement except to go get cheetos and some red bull…

  5. ggore says:

    BubbaRay you made my point. There are millions of Mac users out there, look at the stats of increasing market share every quarter for years now, and despite your digs, there are still NO virus or malware worries for Mac users. I am perfectly happy that hackers don’t care about Macs and don’t own one. My life is perfectly wonderful not having to spend money every year on software to keep those worthless people out of my computer. There is nothing good about those people or what they do.

  6. Aj says:

    What annoys me the most is having to disinfect usb drives that come from Mac users. The things are loaded with trojans and malware but since it had no effect on the Mac, they just assumed they didn’t have anything.