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Vancouver, British Columbia (AHN)-- The Linux running on a Sony Vaio remained undefeated at the end of a three-way computer hacking challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.
Sponsors had wagered three laptops to anyone who could hack into one of the systems and run their own software. A $20,000 cash prize sweetened the deal.
The MacBook Air went first; Independent Security Evaluators' Charlie Miller took the Mac after about two minutes work on Thursday. Miller took home $10,000, courtesy of 3Com's TippingPoint division, in addition to the new laptop.
After two days of work, Shane Macaulay finally cracked the tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista on Friday, with a little help from his friends.
Macaulay said the flaw he exploited was a cross-platform bug that took advantage of Java to circumvent Vista's security.Macaulay said he chose to work on Vista because he had done contract work for Microsoft in the past and was more familiar with its products.
TippingPoint Manager Terri Forslof said several attendees tried to crack the Linux box, but nobody could pull it off. She noted that some had found bugs in the Linux operating system but many of them didn't want to put the work into developing the exploit code that would be required to win the contest.
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Where did anyone say "Hacker Proof"? If anything, it is the contray.
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She noted that some had found bugs in the Linux operating system but many of them didn't want to put the work into developing the exploit code that would be required to win the contest.
In addition, nothing is EVER hacker proof since their is social hacking
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She noted that some had found bugs in the Linux operating system but many of them didn't want to put the work into developing the exploit code that would be required to win the contest.
Wouldnt call that hacker proof, thats just people being lazy lol.

edit: Same tie duckie lol.

And yeah, there are some people and hacker groups that have massive zombie farms. I figure it wouldnt take much to crack a linux box with 500 PC's working on brute forcing it.
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Linux PWNed the others just as I suspected......no surprise here. However you really have to laugh at how fast the Mac was exploited. I find it funny that Mac ads use security as one of the their primary marketing points.
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She noted that some had found bugs in the Linux operating system but many of them didn't want to put the work into developing the exploit code that would be required to win the contest.
Read: We could've done it, but then we wouldn't be able to brag about how secure linux is.


The mac exploit was easy, using first party programs. Vista looks like it took a lot of work, and linux wasn't even attempted.
    
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Where did anyone say "Hacker Proof"? If anything, it is the contray.


In addition, nothing is EVER hacker proof since their is social hacking
I agree the thread name itself is a massive exaduration. In truth the title should be closer to "Linux not worth cracking." Not necessarily an insult since its just that hard.
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Where did anyone say "Hacker Proof"? If anything, it is the contray.


In addition, nothing is EVER hacker proof since their is social hacking
Ya lol the hackers probably used linux to hack the three laptops.
    
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Format the HDDs with 3 paritions of the OSs and I'll be the winnar.
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Where did anyone say "Hacker Proof"? If anything, it is the contray.


In addition, nothing is EVER hacker proof since their is social hacking
The title of the source article says Hacker Proof, that's where
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blah blah blah, "Nothing is unhackable "

We've heard it all before... lol

Whenever there's a thread that talks about security or viruses or hacking, a flock of parrots always swoop down and start repeating, "Nothing is unhackable, nothing is unhackable, nothing is unhackable "
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