Sunday, March 30th, 2008 at 11:56pm

Vista second OS to fall to hackers in security contest

Posted by Jordan Erickson –

From the article:

“The three laptops (VAIO VGN-TZ37CN running Ubuntu 7.10, Fujitsu U810 running Vista Ultimate SP1, and a MacBook Air running OSX 10.5.2) all held out for the first day of the contest (remotely exploitable vulnerabilities), and so the rules were relaxed on the second day to also include any default installed client-side applications. This led to a quick compromise of Safari, and therefore of the MacBook Air laptop. Vista and Linux remained unscathed. On the third day, the rules were changed again: “popular” third-party client applications were added to the mix, and this is where Vista’s security features could not keep up.

Hacker Shane Macaulay (with the help of friends Derek Callaway and Alexander Sotirov) of Security Objectives was able to compromise and gain control of the Windows Vista laptop via a previously undiscovered flaw in the latest version of Adobe’s Flash software, allowing him to claim the Fujitsu laptop and the $5,000 cash prize.”

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