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Vista, Leopard and Linux Square Off in Hacking Contest

Feb 08, 2008, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Gilbertson)

"Will the most secure OS please stand up? Mac OS X, Windows Vista, and Linux are set to go head-to-head in a 'ethical' hacking contest to determine which system is more secure. The CanSecWest security conference, which takes place next month in Vancouver, was the source of last year's Hack-a-Mac contest. This year's competition has expanded to include other operating systems, but repeats the 'PWN to Own' theme with this year's giveaway consisting of several laptops.

"Last year's contest was limited to OS X and the prize was shared by security researchers Dino Dai Zovi and Shane Macauley who used a zero-day in QuickTime to successfully compromise a Macbook Pro. The flaw was subsequently found to affect Windows as well and was later patched by Apple..."

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