Charlie Miller Discovers 20 Security Holes in Mac OS X
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Hacker Charlie Miller has been snooping around Mac OS X, poking at its core elements to see if there are any major flaws in Apple’s security net. In his attempts to remotely control OS X machines and steal various files from them, it appears he has racked up quite a list of problems. Rounding up no less than 20 holes, he is planning on reporting at the upcoming CanSecWest security conference in Canada. He has made several appearances there before, showing multiple flaws in Apple’s OS.
Ultimately, Miller points out that there are multiple elements in Mac OS X that put it at risk: a combination of open-source components, 3rd party closed-sourced apps, and Apple’s closed sourced pieces. He sums it up with the sentiment, “Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town.” Read, Mac users: be grateful you are such a small demographic, because otherwise you would run a serious risk of being hacked.