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    Default Apple Seeking Rigorous Mac OS X Lion Security Review


    Apple is yielding the floor to various security experts for the sole purpose of looking into the company's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This marks the first known occasion in which Apple has paraded its new software to anyone outside of its immediate community of developers. It has been confirmed that Apple is, indeed, inviting no shortage of esteemed security researchers to thoroughly scrutinize the security strengths - and weaknesses - in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

    "I wanted to let you know that I've requested that you be invited to the prerelease seed of Mac OS X Lion, and you should receive an invitation soon," the letter from Apple read. It isn't known how many security researchers received the note in question. "As you have reported Mac OS X security issues in the past," the letter continues, "I thought that you might be interested in taking a look at this. It contains several improvements in the area of security countermeasures."

    In response to the letter, software security guru Dino Dai Zovi tweeted: "Will Lion be the 'Vista' of Mac OS X? In the sense that they start taking security seriously, not the sense that nobody wants to use it."

    Security analyst Charlie Miller, who has previously helped expose security weaknesses to Apple, received the letter. Miller says he anticipates Lion employing Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR),a security mechanism that helps thwart software modification/hacking by randomizing the location of important data. Snow Leopard's current use of ASLR is minimal and restricted to libraries. Apple's iOS 4.3 is widely anticipated to deploy ASLR - a development that will make jailbreaking a wee bit more cumbersome.

    Source: Twitter, CNET, Apple Insider

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    Apple is really trying to make their software straight and safe for consumers.

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    Sweet, I'm excited to see the results.

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    I would have thought Apple always took security seriously?
    Comparing Lion to Vista no matter how he means it gives me chills

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    Ah, me dont wanna lose my jailbreak. Will there always be a way???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazz187s View Post
    Ah, me dont wanna lose my jailbreak. Will there always be a way???
    Just don't update to 4.3 and you'll be fine.

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    There will ALWAYS be a way to jailbreak. It may take a while to find, but there is no such thing as a completely, totally secure OS. There are always holes.
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    You will eventually have to update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrius777 View Post
    You will eventually have to update.
    You can stay on any firmware you want, your phone might suck but you can still stay on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
    You can stay on any firmware you want, your phone might suck but you can still stay on it
    That's true,. And apple always finds a way, to make you update,, by adding new features? I would just wait, for the Devs , to make better features via cydia

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    Im Using Lion right now on my Macbook air, and Im Loving it. I cant wait until a final release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
    Im Using Lion right now on my Macbook air, and Im Loving it. I cant wait until a final release.
    Is it really really nice???
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    I'm considering updating to it

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    Idk should i use lion on my 2010 macbook bro 13 inch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
    Im Using Lion right now on my Macbook air, and Im Loving it. I cant wait until a final release.
    So am I I really like it as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by eman297 View Post
    Idk should i use lion on my 2010 macbook bro 13 inch?
    Might as well!

    Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
    That's true,. And apple always finds a way, to make you update,, by adding new features? I would just wait, for the Devs , to make better features via cydia
    They do indeed!
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    I love lions new gestures for the dashboard etc. I will get a magic track pad for my desktop when lion drops, it's such a smooth experience navigating.

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    Aside from the fact that we all want faster processors, more ram, retina displays, and better battery life, is there anything software related that apple could possibly add that would make any of us want to update that bad that we would lose our jailbreak at least temporarily?

    I'm still on straight 4.0 so my answer is no.

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    lion is awesome on my macbook pro, the only thing is that time machine doesn't back up
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    Quote Originally Posted by eman297 View Post
    lion is awesome on my macbook pro, the only thing is that time machine doesn't back up
    Its a beta, If you have a developer account you will be able to install every beta release and watch everything iron out.
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    I'm all for more security but I want my jailbreak and there is the problem
    You don't like the iPad because you don't have one!

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