Apple Safari Still Easiest to Hack

For the third year in a row, security researcher Charlie Miller successfully compromised a fully patched MacBook Pro machine with a Safari vulnerability and exploit.  Despite Apple’s best efforts at making it difficult to exploit the Mac OS X, Miller’s exploits show that Safari is still easy pickings because it lacks the mitigations found in Microsoft Windows.  For example, Safari does not implement ASLR properly and does not have a sandbox to limit the damage from a hacker attack.    

For the third year in a row, security researcher Charlie Miller successfully compromised a fully patched MacBook Pro machine with a Safari vulnerability and exploit.  Despite Apple’s best efforts at making it difficult to exploit the Mac OS X, Miller’s exploits show that Safari is still easy pickings because it lacks the mitigations found in Microsoft Windows.  For example, Safari does not implement ASLR properly and does not have a sandbox to limit the damage from a hacker attack.    

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