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Hacking Contests and Local vulns

March 9th, 2006

Anton Chuvakin writes: Now, what makes you think that your OS does not have local vulnerabilities (defined here as those that require authenticated access either physically at the keyboard or remotely via whatever remote interactive connection)? No, really?

Modern Linux distros ship with literally thousands of apps and so does OS X (and other BSDs). Do you really think that all those [often third-party] apps were coded following the latest secure coding guidelines and then audited by the secure coding experts.

Indeed, we live in the world where perception=reality. So, has security of Mac OS X suffered a serious blow? No, not at all. But has the perception of Mac OS security suffered? Yes, most certainly. Then see the above equation 🙂


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