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  1. Story URL: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/mac/0,390...39256036,00.htm Mac hacking competition winner mocks Apple security Munir Kotadia ZDNet Australia March 07, 2006, 10:00 GMT Gaining root access to a Mac is "easy pickings", according to an individual who won an OS X hacking challenge last month by gaining root control of a machine using an unpublished security vulnerability. On 22 February, the Sweden-based Mac enthusiast set up his Mac Mini as a server and invited hackers to break through the computer's security and gain root control, which would allow the attacker to take charge of the computer and delete files and folders or install applications. Participants were given local client access to the target computer and invited to try their luck. Within hours of going live, the "rm-my-mac" competition was over. The challenger posted this message on his Web site: "This sucks. Six hours later, this poor little Mac was owned, and this page got defaced." The hacker who won the challenge, who asked ZDNet UK sister site ZDNet Australia to identify him only as Gwerdna, said he gained root control of the Mac in less than 30 minutes. "It probably took about 20 or 30 minutes to get root on the box. Initially, I tried looking around the box for certain misconfigurations and other obvious things, but then I decided to use some unpublished exploits — of which there are a lot for Mac OS X," Gwerdna told ZDNet Australia. According to Gwerdna, the hacked Mac could have been better protected, but it would not have stopped him because he exploited a vulnerability that has not yet been made public or patched by Apple. "The rm-my-mac challenge was set up similar to how you would have a Mac acting as a server — with various remote services running and local access to users... There are various Mac OS X-hardening guides out there that could have been used to harden the machine, however, it wouldn't have stopped the vulnerability I used to gain access. There are only limited things you can do with unknown and unpublished vulnerabilities. One is to use additional hardening patches — good examples for Linux are the PaX patch and the Grsecurity patches. They provide numerous hardening options on the system and implement nonexecutable memory, which prevent memory-based corruption exploits," Gwerdna said. Gwerdna concluded that OS X contains "easy pickings" when it comes to vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to break into Apple's operating system. "Mac OS X is easy pickings for bug finders. That said, it doesn't have the market share to really interest most serious bug finders," Gwerdna added. OS X has come under fire in recent weeks with the appearance of two pieces of malware and a number of serious security flaws, which have since been patched by the Mac maker. In January, security researcher Neil Archibald, who has already been credited with finding numerous vulnerabilities in OS X, told ZDNet Australia that he knows of numerous security vulnerabilities in Apple's operating system that could be exploited by attackers. "The only thing which has kept Mac OS X relatively safe up until now is the fact that the market share is significantly lower than that of Microsoft Windows or the more common Unix platforms... If this situation was to change, in my opinion, things could be a lot worse on Mac OS X than they currently are on other operating systems," Archibald said at the time. An Apple Australia representative said on Monday that the company was unable to comment at this stage. Representatives at Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters could not be reached for comment. Munir Kotadia reported from Sydney for ZDNet Australia. For more ZDNet Australia stories, click here.
  2. This video pretty much sums it up for me...

    wow a video spurs off someone who is obviously mature enough to call someone else a {censored}.. your Microsoft to GM comparison is ancient {censored}... I've ran Windows XP SP2 for months at a time without having any errors or random reboots.. the MAC OS is nothing more than a verison of BSD with a somewhat user friendly GUI.... oh and further more technology has existed for the past 30 years to get over 100 MPG on any car/truck. go checkout http://www.fuelvapors.com to see all the shelved patented inventions that car manufacturers and oil companies don't want released.. -Altern8Energy-
  3. I thought I would checkout the hype of the Mac OS on a Intel based machine.... After much dinking around I got it installed on a Intel box and I played around with it... This video link is pretty much what I've come to the conclusion of the Mac OS on Intel.. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8317851492628123681 -Altern8Energy-
  4. Network NEVER works... on any PC I install on.

    what kind of PCI ethernet card? a regular 3COM card or a Intel card? -Altern8Energy-
  5. this is getting really annoying!!! I have 3 different ISOs ranging from 10.4.3 to 10.4.5 and every PC that I install on appears to always have problems with getting the ethernet network to work. Network Diagnostics always shows all items in Network Status as failed. The Built-in Ethernet port is always greyed out in choose network port configuration. This is drving me ballistic.. The test machine in use is a HP Compaq DC7100 business PC. Either I'm doing something wrong or every PC I've tested on is basicly uncompatible... The more I try to test this Intel version of the MAC OS, the more I'm turned off by it strictly because of the proprietary BS that Apple has continued to go with.. If they want a piece of the Microsoft pie, they should make their OS beable to install and run on ANY 1-2 year old PC. -Altern8Energy-
  6. I got it to work... had to use the 10.4.3 Disk Utility to partition the harddrive. then used the 10.4.4 install DVD. it came up ok after that.. It has to do with the 10.4.4 Disk Utility giving the partition the wrong device name. -Altern8Energy-
  7. apparently the 10.4.4 DVD Disk Utility is fugged.. the 10.4.3 Disk Utility partions the harddrive with the right device ID name which is disk0s1. I partitioned my hard drive with the 10.4.3 DVD and then booted up the 10.4.4 installer DVD. It completed and then rebooted ok... only problem is my test box was a HP VL420. The onboard NIC wasn't recognized, so networking was not configurable.. I'll have to try this on a newer HP box like a 7100 or 7600 serious business PC and see what happens.. -Altern8energy-
  8. perhaps this is why those of us that are installing with the 10.4.4 DVD are seeing no bootup after the completed install. if we leave the 10.4.4 DVD in it will come up with the notorious missing file. I am downloading a 4.3 version and I will try to partition and format with that version, then swap DVDs to do a 10.4.4 install... -Altern8energy-
  9. anyone know if there's a 10.4.5 patched, installable DVD that we newbies can just put into a Intel box with the right hardware specs and it will do a clean, working install?? al this patching stuff is new to me since I'm coming from a Windows platform.. -Altern8energy-
  10. I downloaded an ISO of the 10.4.4 off a bit torrent site.. (Mac OS X Tiger 10 4 4 X86-HOTiSO). I burned it to a DVD... did the install and it went all the way through and when it came up to reboot it gave me some missing file error on a black screen. the file that is showing to be missing is: '/com/apple.Boot.plist' I've tried this on 2 different HP type PCs. an HP d530c business PC and a VL420 business PC. Both are fairly recent PCs with intel chipsets and P4 processors that are 2.8+ Ghz in speed. Has anyone else tried this ISO?? I'd like to see this install correctly with no errors so I can play around with it and determine if I wanna go out and buy a MACintel PC. If anyone can provide some help, I'd greatly appreciate it... -Altern8energy-