Thursday, August 17, 2006

"MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers"

Hmmm, it seems that even when the Mac is "hackable" it's not:
In early August a senior researcher at SecureWorks said he had revealed a vulnerability in Apple’s MacBook wireless software driver that would allow him to take control of the machine. While the researcher did find a vulnerability, he was using a third-party wireless driver, not the driver that ships with the MacBook.

So I guess in all the brouhaha, SecureWorks researcher David Maynor and “Johnny Cache” left that little nugget of information out huh?
As it turns out, Maynor did not use the internal Apple wireless driver, but rather a third-party driver. SecureWorks’ Web site has been updated since the demonstration to reflect that fact.

“Although an Apple MacBook was used as the demo platform, it was exploited through a third-party wireless device driver -- not the original wireless device driver that ships with the MacBook,” says the company’s Web site. “As part of a responsible disclosure policy, we are not disclosing the name of the third-party wireless device driver until a patch is available.”

Honestly, who'd even be running a third-party driver on their MacBook... Hmmm let me think... um... NO ONE?

So, like those supposed Mac "viruses" and "trojan horses" more bozos have used a bogus Mac security "hole" for unwarranted publicity. Get a life people, and find something else to hitch your wagons to.

Read the whole thing here.


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