The testing period for the Mac OS X Security Test is now closed. “Originally, the online event was scheduled to end on Friday. But because of the enormous attention, the time for the challenge has been cut short and will now end Tuesday at 10 p.m. PST, Schroeder said,” Joris Evers reports for CNET News. “Schroeder plans to sift through the log files of the Mac and publish anything interesting, he said in the phone interview. ‘I know it is disappointing that it will be ending early to a lot of people.'” Full article here.
In response to the woefully misleading ZDnet article, Mac OS X hacked under 30 minutes, by Munir Kotadia () the academic Mac OS X Security Challenge was launched Monday morning by The University of Wisconsin’s Dave Schroeder. The ZDNet FUD piece failed to mention that local access was granted to the Mac OS X system and left some readers with the false impression that any Mac OS X machine connected to the Internet can be taken over in just 30 minutes. As Schroeder notes, the Mac OS X “machine was not hacked from the outside just by being on the Internet. It was hacked from within, by someone who was allowed to have a local account on the box. That is a huge distinction.”
So, with a real Mac OS X challenge sitting online, 30 minutes came and went, folks. Long ago. The Mac OS X remained “unhacked” for the entire 38-hour testing period.
Schroeder’s notes from 11:59pm CST last night:
• The response has been very strong, and the test has illustrated its point.
• Traffic to the host spiked at over 30 Mbps.
• Most of the traffic, aside from casual web visitors, was web exploit scripts, ssh dictionary attacks, and scanning tools such as Nessus.
• The machine was under intermittent DoS attack. During the two brief periods of denial of service, the host remained up.
• The test machine was a Mac mini (PowerPC) running Mac OS X 10.4.5 with Security Update 2006-001, had two local accounts, and had ssh and http open with their default configurations.
• There were no successful access attempts during the 38 hour duration of the test period.
More info here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]
[UPDATE: 9:12am EST: Added CNET info and link.]
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