Despite all the grief that Microsoft has taken over the years for the security problems with Windows, Internet Explorer and its other products, Apple’s Mac OS X has turned out to be a hacker’s dream. As Rob Westervelt reports [SearchSecurity.com], security researcher Dino Dai Zovi made quick work of OS X Wednesday at the SOURCE Boston conference.
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Charlie Miller (right), the security researcher who won last year’s Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple’s Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.
In a note posted on the popular Daily Dave mailing list, Miller describes Safari as “easy pickin’s” and forecasts that at least four zero-day Safari flaws will be used during the contest at CanSecWest later this month.
After years of lagging behind on important security features, Apple has finally added a malware-blocker, a phishing filter and support for EV (extended validation) certificates into the latest refresh of its Safari Web browser.
The malware roadblock headlines a list of Safari 4 security features that also includes cookie blocking, private browsing, secure encryption, safe downloads and parental controls.