Hack a Mac: PWN2OWN at CanSecWest

A security researcher at a Canadian security conference won over $10,000 in prize money for attacking a completely patched OSX system.

Hackers in the “PWN2OWN” competition at CanSecWest were given the choice of attacking Vista SP1, OSX 10.5.2 or Ubunti 7.10. The winner of the competition, Charlie Miller, chose OSX as his platform, explaining “it was the easiest one of the three”. He exploited a Safari vulnerability and compromised the system within the space of two minutes.

This doesn’t mean that there will suddenly be an deluge of OSX attacks. Windows is, without doubt, the platform of choice to exploit. Just a heads up for all those Mac users out there.


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