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Feb 25 2011   10:23PM GMT

Apple Invites Scrutiny of Mac OS X Security

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Apple unveiled details of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7, a.k.a. “Lion”, a few months back. The company is still hard at work developing the OS, and apparently Apple is taking security much more seriously with this next release of the flagship OS.

Apple has reportedly invited expert security researchers to analyze an early preview release of the OS and provide feedback. Dino Dai Zovi–co-author of The Mac Hacker’s Handbook, and Charlie Miller–Dai Zovi’s co-author and perennial winner of the Pwn2Own race to hack the Mac, are among those invited to scrutinize Lion.

According to a report from ComputerWorld’s Greg Keizer, the researchers must agree to an NDA which bars them from sharing anything they might find with the public. Keizer quotes Miller, stating, “They’ve never done this before. That they’re thinking of reaching out [to researchers] is a good positive step, but whether it makes a difference, I’ll believe it when I see it.”

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