Video interview on hacked MacBook

Summary:Having attended the Black Hat and DEFCON conference last week, I had the opportunity to interview David Maynor and Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch about the research work they did on driver hacking.  These two researchers had just given their presentation showing how they hacked in to an Apple MacBook in mere seconds and gained root control through a flawed Wi-Fi driver.

Having attended the Black Hat and DEFCON conference last week, I had the opportunity to interview David Maynor and Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch about the research work they did on driver hacking.  These two researchers had just given their presentation showing how they hacked in to an Apple MacBook in mere seconds and gained root control through a flawed Wi-Fi driver.

I happened to have my own personal Sony HDV (High Definition Video) camera with me and I was able to video record the interview.  I've converted the footage in to Windows Media format in to two ten minute segments.  The files had to be embedded in this manner because the video footage was wide screen anamorphic and playing the video files back natively would force the video to play back in 4:3 aspect ratio which would look all wrong.

Interview part one:

Interview part two:

After the video interview, I spoke with David and Jon about the possibility of getting the OS vendors like Microsoft to mandate device driver hardening options so that the users can at least choose to use a driver harden mode and they thought this was a good idea.  I'll have to follow up with Microsoft and see if they're interested in enforcing driver hardening in their driver certification program.

Topics: Windows

About

George Ou, a former ZDNet blogger, is an IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.

Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.