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31 March 2008, 12:49

Hacking competition: Vista cracked, but not Ubuntu

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The first of the three laptops to be hacked at the "PWN to OWN" competition at CanSecWest was the MacBook Air running Mac OS X 10.5.2. Now, the laptop on which Windows Vista SP1 was installed has also been cracked.

In addition to 5000 USD in cash, Shane Macauley of Security Objectives will also be receiving a Fujitsu U810 with Vista Ultimate SP1. He managed to compromise Windows Vista SP1 after he installed the latest version of Adobe Flash. He received assistance from his friends Derek Callaway and Alexander Sotirov.

The zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash that Shane exploited has not been made public, but has been reported to Adobe. No other information will be provided until the flaw has been remedied.

The only notebook to remain unhacked at the end of the competition is the Sony VAIO running Ubuntu 7.10.


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