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    A brand-new MacBook Air running a fully patched version of Leopard was the first to fall in a contest that pitted the security of machines running OS X, Vista and Linux. The exploit took less than two minutes to pull off.


    http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/03/28/mac_hack/
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    The last time I heard a story like this it came out a month later that they had the admin password ahead of time. "the exploit involved getting an end user to click on a link.". And of course be logged in as admin. Which I do not do. I run as a regular user. If I need admin privileges I type my admin name and pw in. Which is why this exploit or any other would never work on me. Windows on the other hand allows root access without requiring a pw. A lot of games out there require root access. It's one of the reasons Windows is so full of holes and OS X is still the safest OS you can use.
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    Whatever ! :D
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    This is a very silly. Unix is a one way system... the contest is flawed. Good luck getting into a mac or linux without a PW :O
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    Yep, and until it is released what the "exploit" was and how it was done it all moot.
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