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April 10, 2008

Macaulay Uses Vulnerability In Flash

by Lashan Clarke

Last year Shane Macaulay was successful in hacking a Macintosh in the hacking contest at the CanSecWest Conference in British Columbia.

This year, he was able to successfully hack a Windows Vista machine.

The hack that he used involved a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that was not unknown. However, for Macaulay it was not an easy task and he spent at least 4 hours trying to get the hack to work.

In the beginning, he was working his hack on a system that had not been properly patched according to contest rules.

However, when it was fully patched with the release of new updates this week during the competition, this led to the increase in the time needed to hack the computer running Windows Vista.

Macaulay’s assistant to the hacking of the Vista machine was Alex Sotirov from VMware.

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