Apple’s Mac OS X 10.4.4 for Intel cracked

The hacking guru Maxxuss has announced preliminary patches for Apple’s latest release of OS X for Intel, version 10.4.4. According to his website,

This is a preliminary release of my Patch Solution for the official Mac OS X on the Intel platform. Ultimately, it would allow you to run this Mac OS X release on a generic x86 computer (SSE2 required). There’s still a lot of work and documentation to do, like support for SSE2-only CPUs, a proper installation procedure and a PPF patch. However, if you like to play around, this will get you started.

“The significance of this event is huge. While many users were able to run OSx86 on their PCs last summer, the general feeling was that Apple hadn’t implemented their final security solution. That much was true,” The OSx86 Project reports. “Onlookers have told us that 10.4.4 is a serious step forward in security, utilizing many of the same technologies as the 10.4.1 and 10.4.3, as well as the obfuscated code that Apple filed a patent for a few months ago.Few expected this final version – or at least the version that shipped with the first Macintels – to be easy to hack. What this means is that Apple’s best attempts to secure their OS have, ultimately, failed.”

Full article with links here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Since_IIci” for the heads up.]
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  1. Most of the guy’s at the x86osx site seem to end up buying a mac anyway, i don’t see it as a true threat to the platform. More likely a catalyst for more mac interest and sales. Hopefully some of these guys will work on the x86 Darwine. Sounds like thats goin well. I think someone got the windows version of photoshop going! Its all too exciting in the mac world at the moment.

  2. Only computer geeks play around with hacks. No average computer user or business person is willing to deal with all of the incompatabilities that comes with it. I don’t use my computer as a testing ground and neither do most. Only a few on the underground will even know about it if it’s true. Get the real thing.

  3. What is the COST of this piracy?

    I assume that not only has this theif used a non-retail copy of OS X for Intel (which can only be purchased with a Mac) but has most certainly violated the End User Agreement by hacking it.

    I like that it is a proof of concept. That I can get behind. Make it work, put some demo video of it working on a website, contact Apple as say – hey, If I can do it, so can you!

    But making it public for the world to steal isn’t cool.

  4. re: mark

    All software should be free, all food should be free, all healthcare should be free, all housing should be free, all education should be free.

    We should be all free to pursue are own natural talents without worry of money. Imagine the society we would have, the peace we would have.

    All for one and one for all.


    urm… yeeees.

    Lets all go back to living in caves then.

    Because if everything is free then say goodbye to progress of the human race and civilisation as we know it.

  5. “All software should be free, all food should be free, all healthcare should be free, all housing should be free, all education should be free.

    We should be all free to pursue are own natural talents without worry of money. Imagine the society we would have, the peace we would have.

    All for one and one for all.”

    ummm….USSR tried that, and it came crumbling down. You can’t expect people who are virtually taken care of by their government to actually try, can you?

  6. We need the geeks of the world to try OS X on their old x86 hardware. Once they see and use it many will be convinced to give Mac hardware a try. The geeks are the ones that influence corporate IT departments so this is a good first step.

  7. He’s not Russian… he just hosts his site on a Russian server so legal action cannot be taken upon him…
    Some even speculate he’s an old member of Apple’s own AIX team.
    Fact is, Apple asked for it when moving to X86. It’s geek stuff but things can get real messy if, within time, it becomes easier and easier to crack or maybe Steve has some secret plan we are not aware of.

  8. Please remember to turn on your sarcasm meter for my earlier post on hardware and please return your tray to its upright position.

    Quote for the day:
    “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.”
    – Rich Cook

  9. As I see it apple release 9 updates to each OS (based on Panther alone admittedly), even if it was hacked to enable widespread usage all they have to do is break it every couple of months and most people will be pissed off and not bother again. Their short term usage might convince them to go and buy an actual mac to retain the experience but forego the constant breakages. Apple wins.

  10. Mark,
    Not in this world. You speak of the afterlife where the devil is defeated.

    In this world if all were sheep there would still be wolves who would destroy, kill and cheat. This individual who hacked the security is a good example of those who don’t believe the rules apply to them.

    Even StarTrek had to add a monetary system back in to the story line.

    Back to the article

  11. Why is it that so many want to “hack” whatever runs on an Intel chip?

    Which raises the one and only concern I ever had about moving to Intel based technology:
    What about security? Just the fact that MacIntel has begun to awaken the sleeping giant that is Windoze users, makes me quake in my boots. Think about it (or for that matter don’t, you’ll sleep better), all the busy littel virus makers that seem to be primarily in the Windoze domain are going to see new territory. So just by the sheer, [shear?] numbers of “hackers” that we didn’t have to worry about before the switch… — Well — are they startin to look our way?!?!?

    Sometimes I just don’t have a good feeling about this Intel thing. I hope Steve’s got something up his sleeve, and I hope MDN is correct that the OS itself is inherently more secure. I’ve honestly never read any evidence to back up this belief, so basically I’m going on faith, as are the rest of us “end user” types that have grown up with and thrived on Mac.

    So is there? – – Any evidence I mean? Obviously too much proof opens the security gates, but really, what evidence is there that the OS itself is what’s keeping out the bad things.


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