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Apple hires former OLPC security director

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed May 13, 2009

Apple gets security expert

Apple has hired the former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child, Ivan Krstic, according to ZDNet. Krstic developed the Bitfrost security specification for the OLPC project, which he considers a foolproof system to protect against malware attacks. With the new position at Apple, Krstic will be working on core OS security.

The Bitfrost system diverges from typical protection methods by sequestering each program in separate virtual operating systems, instead of reacting to specific viruses. Each program is prevented from causing harm to the computer or accessing protected and sensitive data. "This defeats the entire purpose of writing a virus," Krstic claims.

Despite Apple's ongoing marketing campaigns that suggest the Mac platform is far more secure than Windows systems, the claims have been met with criticism. Pwn2own winner Charlie Miller, who hacked a MacBook in less than a minute, suggested Macs are less secure than PCs. He still recommends Macs for typical users, however, because of the comparatively smaller range of malware that targets the operating system.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Charlie Miller

    He's a cheat who is in it for the money. He had all kinds of help in his setup and no doubt if he wanted to and knew the Vista OS, he could've done the same thing with them.

    Let these guys try it from scratch, no hidden passwords, protocols, friends, etc. and put them on a par with everyone else. Glad to see Apple IS concerned about beefing up security. So far I still pay no attention to Apple "viruses" because I have a lot of work to do. Those reminder messages I get, every morning on my XP OS drive me crazy... I don't know how PC people can stand it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Charlie miller

    Seriously? You're still pissed over some two-bit security contest? And he had help? OMG, no! Because we know in the 'real world', hackers are loners and never get outside help.

    Get over it man.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    love it...

    Krstic developed the Bitfrost security specification for the OLPC project, which he considers a foolproof system to protect against malware attacks.

    Amazing! The developer of a security specification claims its foolproof!

    Isn't that what everyone says, up until the point it is broken?

    And if every program is sequestered from sensitive data, how does any program access sensitive data? Or share data? Or anything?

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