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Offline Forested665

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Apple hires OLPC to increase security
« on: May 14, 2009, 02:36:27 am »
Ivan Krstic is upgrading from working on $100 laptops. Beginning this week, the former security architect for the One Laptop Per Child project is working for Apple.
He wrote about the move to Apple on his personal blog. Krstic was the architect of the Bitfrost security specification used by OLPC for passwords, hard drive encryption, machine authentication, security updates, and prevention of data loss. He will be working on core operating system security in Cupertino.
Though OLPC isn't a large platform that hackers are known for targeting, it's likely the way that Krstic thinks about security that attracted Apple's interest. As ZDNet notes:
Instead of blocking specific viruses, the system (Bitfrost) sequesters every program on the computer in a separate virtual operating system, preventing any program from damaging the computer, stealing files, or spying on the user. Viruses are left isolated and impotent, unable to execute their code.
According to Krstic, that "defeats the entire purpose" of creating a virus

Despite what they wish to claim this is almost identical to solaris capsules and FreeBSD Jails
It seems apple remembered theyre based on unix and needed to catch up with their counterparts.
BSD -  The Daemons Are No Longer Just Inside My Head.

Offline GhostShip

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Re: Apple hires OLPC to increase security
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 06:37:15 am »
Any chance of ensuring in the future that posted news is p2p relevant, I,m pleased your making an effort to help here but  this is a bit off topic for the forum.

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