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MacBook hacker exploited a zero-day bug in QuickTime

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MacBook hacker exploited a zero-day bug in QuickTime

MaryWeilage Editor
The vulnerability, which is related to how QuickTime handles Java, could also expose Windows users.

What do you think about Apple's decision to decline to comment about
this MacBook hack? Do you think this hack damages the reputation of
Mac security?
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    AndrewB

    What gives Macs great secuirity is their relative obscurity.

    Apple has been playing Russian Roulette... they were bound to get hit.

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    IT Dept_MBSSI

    Okay, I have an idea for a new Mac commercial.

    "Hi. I'm a Mac."

    Then a guy with a day-glo green mohawk jumps out and blows a tranq dart into the back of Mac's neck. Mac passes out. Two guys in suits run out and throw a white sheet over him in an attempt to make cover him up and make him blend in with the standard white background.

    "What vulnerability? We didn't see any vulnerability."

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    mhbowman

    before this would happen. Hackers want exposure. They go after the PC and Windows because they represent more than 95% of the market.

    Want to test the security of your product or website? Have a contest or tell people that your product or site is unhackable.

    All that needs to happen for Apple to experience this is to gain market share or keep running their mouth.

    MB

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    DanLM

    Mac runs as its base OS FreeBSD. Why don't I see security bulleton's on FreeBSD for every exploit found on Mac? I understand that this exploit was through a brouser, but. ?????

    Like I said, stupid question.

    Dan

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    dgr814vr

    After reading a well researched bio of Jobs and Apple, It became quite apparent that Jobs's desire of first to market often ment testing was not done properly. In This case is it possible that a lot of Security testing does not happen at all

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    juden

    Good point. However, isn't this probably true of most
    developers/manufacturers call me cynical but I think that the
    buying public often get used to test products.

    Not completely obviously but I suppose there is always a
    balancing act between testing/developing and going to
    market.

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    Freebird54

    This has been - and will continue to be a problem for every product. One of the best/most obvious examples of this over the years has the automotive sector (unfortunately with GM leading the way, but not alone). It had gotten to the point where 'conventional wisdom' suggested that you 'never buy the first year of a new model'.

    Things have improved a LOT over the last number of years in that area - due mainly to robust competition. The testing performed now on a new model is exhaustive. Even with this, recalls are hardly going away any time soon.

    So - the only way to improvement of this situation is robust competition, and perfection is NOT attainable. That said - things ARE improving - especially in the speed of fixes.

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    pcbradshaw

    Considering the way Apple is handling the press on this w/ "No comment" should be something to be exposed by Michael Moore. Makes one really wonder how many holes really are there but aren't exploited due to nothing of real importance is handled by Apples...except pie.

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    sdonnelly

    It brings me great joy to hear of Mac flaws for those who think the OS is ironclad. As one of the previous posts stated as they gain more market share the target will only get bigger, and I'm sure the same will be said for the flaws found.

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    KeithAu001

    For gods sake, when is the world going to get it??? ALL software is vulnerable to an attack. NOTHING is safe for exploits, attacks etc. As long as there are questionable people out there that want to play havoc in the cyber / IT / software / computer world its going to be a problem for all software producers and APPLE /MAC are just as vulnerable as any other. So Maccies get off your high horse.

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    Kostaghus

    Simply less prone to attacks as most of the hackers are not interested in the new design of a Coca Cola poster or the newest concept for a Nike advertisement... And most important, Apples are such a small market share and their use is so much restricted to "uninteresting" (from a hacker's point of view) domains that it's not worth trying... On the other hand... Most of the accountants use Windows and Excel... Also, most of the home-users are also Windows... There! This is the source of the Apple's viral immunity (so called).

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    TecDoc

    All software bugs are hazardous... in theory. In this case, let us see the practical part: the so called "exploit" is really that - an exploit since it is so obscure that it was discovered not by any "mortal" hacker but by a Mac security hiperexpert; besides, it was not released and will be addressed in time to avoid any real damage (as practically almost all MacOS flaws up until now). Thus, the answer to the Q is : it may damage the Mac sec reputation only in the eyes of the nitwits that drawl on so-called Apple software shortcomings since, when it comes to truly dangerous stuff from the practical and not theoretical standpoint, it still stands - MS bugs: 100.000 with damages in the G$ range, MacOS bugs: 100 with damages next to nothing.

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    AndrewB

    What gives Macs great secuirity is their relative obscurity.

    Apple has been playing Russian Roulette... they were bound to get hit.

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    IT Dept_MBSSI

    Okay, I have an idea for a new Mac commercial.

    "Hi. I'm a Mac."

    Then a guy with a day-glo green mohawk jumps out and blows a tranq dart into the back of Mac's neck. Mac passes out. Two guys in suits run out and throw a white sheet over him in an attempt to make cover him up and make him blend in with the standard white background.

    "What vulnerability? We didn't see any vulnerability."

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    mhbowman

    before this would happen. Hackers want exposure. They go after the PC and Windows because they represent more than 95% of the market.

    Want to test the security of your product or website? Have a contest or tell people that your product or site is unhackable.

    All that needs to happen for Apple to experience this is to gain market share or keep running their mouth.

    MB

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    DanLM

    Mac runs as its base OS FreeBSD. Why don't I see security bulleton's on FreeBSD for every exploit found on Mac? I understand that this exploit was through a brouser, but. ?????

    Like I said, stupid question.

    Dan

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    dgr814vr

    After reading a well researched bio of Jobs and Apple, It became quite apparent that Jobs's desire of first to market often ment testing was not done properly. In This case is it possible that a lot of Security testing does not happen at all

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    juden

    Good point. However, isn't this probably true of most
    developers/manufacturers call me cynical but I think that the
    buying public often get used to test products.

    Not completely obviously but I suppose there is always a
    balancing act between testing/developing and going to
    market.

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    Freebird54

    This has been - and will continue to be a problem for every product. One of the best/most obvious examples of this over the years has the automotive sector (unfortunately with GM leading the way, but not alone). It had gotten to the point where 'conventional wisdom' suggested that you 'never buy the first year of a new model'.

    Things have improved a LOT over the last number of years in that area - due mainly to robust competition. The testing performed now on a new model is exhaustive. Even with this, recalls are hardly going away any time soon.

    So - the only way to improvement of this situation is robust competition, and perfection is NOT attainable. That said - things ARE improving - especially in the speed of fixes.

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    pcbradshaw

    Considering the way Apple is handling the press on this w/ "No comment" should be something to be exposed by Michael Moore. Makes one really wonder how many holes really are there but aren't exploited due to nothing of real importance is handled by Apples...except pie.

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    sdonnelly

    It brings me great joy to hear of Mac flaws for those who think the OS is ironclad. As one of the previous posts stated as they gain more market share the target will only get bigger, and I'm sure the same will be said for the flaws found.

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    KeithAu001

    For gods sake, when is the world going to get it??? ALL software is vulnerable to an attack. NOTHING is safe for exploits, attacks etc. As long as there are questionable people out there that want to play havoc in the cyber / IT / software / computer world its going to be a problem for all software producers and APPLE /MAC are just as vulnerable as any other. So Maccies get off your high horse.

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    Kostaghus

    Simply less prone to attacks as most of the hackers are not interested in the new design of a Coca Cola poster or the newest concept for a Nike advertisement... And most important, Apples are such a small market share and their use is so much restricted to "uninteresting" (from a hacker's point of view) domains that it's not worth trying... On the other hand... Most of the accountants use Windows and Excel... Also, most of the home-users are also Windows... There! This is the source of the Apple's viral immunity (so called).

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    TecDoc

    All software bugs are hazardous... in theory. In this case, let us see the practical part: the so called "exploit" is really that - an exploit since it is so obscure that it was discovered not by any "mortal" hacker but by a Mac security hiperexpert; besides, it was not released and will be addressed in time to avoid any real damage (as practically almost all MacOS flaws up until now). Thus, the answer to the Q is : it may damage the Mac sec reputation only in the eyes of the nitwits that drawl on so-called Apple software shortcomings since, when it comes to truly dangerous stuff from the practical and not theoretical standpoint, it still stands - MS bugs: 100.000 with damages in the G$ range, MacOS bugs: 100 with damages next to nothing.