Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Mac OS X Security Test

Mac OS X Security Test(Univ of Wisconsin Madison)

This site is in response to an earlier posted article on th enet from our friends at ZDNet- article. The original article reports that a Mac running OS X was placed on the internet and hacked in under 30 mins. The ZDNet article goes onto report from the 'hacker' that this was a known vulnerability, but unreported to the public at large, and unpatched in OS X to date.

The Mac OS link above takes you to U of W's special testing site. They have placed a Mac Mini running "Mac OS X 10.4.5 with Security Update 2006-001" on the net. There are two local accounts, and ssh and http are open. The writer comments that this is "a lot more" than most Mac OS X machines will ever have open.
Experiment closes -
"The testing period will be closed at 11:59 PM CST on 7 March 2006 (0559 GMT 8 March 2006)"

Disclaimer: I don't own a Mac but know some Mac fans in real life.

Slashdot has also linked to this article.


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