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3.08.2006 

The Test is Over

Dave Schroeder closed his Mac OS X Security Test earlier than previously promised. But contrary to what I suspected, it wasn't because somebody successfully hacked in:
  • 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.
  • There were no successful access attempts during the 38 hour duration of the test period.
It will be interesting to see the full results of this. Also, I'm glad I won't have to be eating my words. My words are foul things that smell like an old horse blanket.

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