updated 06:00 pm EDT, Mon October 2, 2006
Apple, SecureWorks effort
Apple and security firm SecureWorks have confirmed that they are working together, despite a recent exploit demonstration performed on a MacBook at a Black Hat conference. "SecureWorks and Apple are working together in conjunction with the CERT Coordination Center on any reported security issues," SecureWorks said. "We will not make any additional public statements regarding work underway until both companies agree, along with CERT/CC, that it is appropriate." SecureWorks researchers David Maynor and "Johnny Cache" turned heads last month after demonstrating the wireless security flaw on a MacBook, according to Macworld, but later revealed that the MacBook was compromised via a third-party wireless driver -- not Apple's own Mac OS X driver that ships with the operating system. One of the security experts said that the pair decided to demonstrate the exploit on a Mac due to a "Mac user base aura of smugness on security," but noted that they were not picking on Macs.