Macbook air hacked in just 2 minutes.

The ninth annual CanSecWest conference held, at the Mariott Renaissance Harbourside hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia kicked off on March 26, offering a $10,000 reward for anyone hacking the new macbook air with an original zeroday attack. The Prize (put up by TippingPoint, the security division of networking giant 3Com) did not stand for long, being claimed within the first 2 minutes of the conference opening.

Well known security researcher Shane Macaulay claimed the prize, but it is believed Dino Dai Zovi was the real creater of the attack, and that he and Macaulay had some sort of deal over the competition entry. Dino Dai Zovi, has a strong track record with exposing flaws in Apple, Windows and other Networking software, having previously and somewhat famously exposed flaws in Safari and Quicktime.

While neither Shane Macaulay, Dino Dai Zovi made any statements about whether mac or pc were more secure (and both are users of both Macbooks and pc’s) they have previously been on record as saying that Mac are not as immune to attacks as many of their users may like to believe.

The 2 other note books, a sony vaio and a Fujitsu U810 were not successfully hacked during the expo and remained unclaimed.

A zero day attack is defined as an computer threat that tries to exploit unknown, undisclosed or unpatched vulnerabilities in a computer application.

The flaw in Safari, that was exploited during the expo was actually in the way QuickTime handles Java. This threatens everyone running the Mac OS X and may even expose pc users running Safari and quicktime. It is expected that a patch to protect users from this flaw will be released soon.

Macbook air hacked in just 2 minutes.

X-mas update

If your wondering what to do this x-mas, with nothing worth watching on the TV. After you’ve unwrapped the presents and eaten the turkey, you could always update your computer. With a public beta available for Vista, some 40 patches from Apple released on monday, plus a selection of patches for Exchange, Sql and even a service pack 3 for XP released on friday (21st) there is something for everyone this Christmas.

X-mas update

Lost in the mail?

I received an email from Apple yesterday congratulating me on passing the Apple Certified Technical Co-ordinator exam….nothing unusual about that you may think, but for the fact I took the exam in 2002 or there abouts.

In the old days of snail mail a letter could fall of a machine in the sorting office or be left in the bottom of a forgotten mail sack somewhere, until someone found and delivered it year later. But in these days of high speed internet connections you can’t use that old excuse.

My guess would be that take up for the certification of technicians for the new Apple Leopard (10.5) Os which launch late October is a little slow, and that they mailed their whole database the same old standard letter reguardless of when they passed.

Come on guy’s you can do better than that!

Lost in the mail?