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Monday, 29 August 2011 11:53

Mac Lion dangerous for business

Written by Nick Farell
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Faith based security is not enough
Corporate managers who are facing pressure from their Apple fanboy staff might well take note of some warnings that are popping up from outfits which installed the new Lion software on their networks. Now we will not say “we told you so” but Apple's security is not the best and installing it onto a corporate network appears to be an accident waiting to happen.

The weak point in Lion is when it is used with a corporate Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, which is used on an authentication server. The problem with Lion is that the LDAP server seems to be breaking down quite a lot according to the world wide wibble. Once the crash has happened Lion users can log in with any password and the operating system accepts whatever pass code it's given.

The problem does not seem to hit other operating systems running Lion on the same LDAP server. As one user wrote “Simply having Lion installed is a security vulnerability, as any user who can access OD settings can connect to the datacenter as any other users. It's a HUGE hole.” The user said his company has delayed a company-wide upgrade to Lion because of the problem.

Nick Farell

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-5 #1 JAB Creations 2011-08-29 17:06
Let's try this without the cocaine shall we?

OS X Lion's authentication server (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) has a vulnerability where once the crash has happened Lion users can log in with any password and the operating system accepts whatever pass code it's given.

Now if the Nick was versed enough in technology he could have spent five minutes researching what Apple was doing to address the problem, kept the same length of the article and reduced the unnecessary fluff. Journalism isn't that difficult if you care about the subject.
 
 
0 #2 The blue fox 2011-08-29 19:23
Well i think that Apple Computer have no place in a corporate environment simply due to there outrageous hardware and software prices.
This really is no news worthy. Windows has bug's like this too. Tho MS wont try and spin it. saying its not a flaw, but a feature the removed.
 
 
0 #3 Abdussamad 2011-08-29 20:37
So less lion and more pussy cat, then?
 
 
0 #4 magius 2011-08-29 20:44
Quoting The blue fox:
Well i think that Apple Computer have no place in a corporate environment simply due to there outrageous hardware and software prices.
This really is no news worthy. Windows has bug's like this too. Tho MS wont try and spin it. saying its not a flaw, but a feature the removed.

Yeah, yeah Windows has bugs that can be exploited to create security holes but this Lion 'bug' is more like the Grand Canyon...
 
 
0 #5 St.djinn 2011-09-05 14:42
Haha.. Lets wait for OH.YES.EX Cougar.. and see if the Security "Holes" are tighter to PENETRATE.

OSX is unlikely to get popular in Healthcare enterprises because of the cost involved in upgrading and maintaining. We tried once to convince ( when we were young and single ) the administration of our Hospital (1500 bedded Specialty) to use Macs. The advice was turned down (thank god) because they thought it was waaaaay tooooo expensive in terms of hardware and hiring IT professionals.

Let Apple feed on youngsters and Adolescents and rip them off. Once they gain wisdom re money management, they will learn to "switch back".
 

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