No, Mac users and Linux users are not safe. I read somewhere (will find the source soon) that it could easily be applied to OSX and Linux.corona_coder said:They put up a paper and some exploit code and from what I understand from the researchers, this is a very simple exploit to throw out to the public and very simple to execute an attack on ANYONE running Windows Vista and possibly XP SP2 and Server 2003. Also, Linux and Mac users as always are safe. This just shows bad development and lack of competence on the Windows development team.Sven Groot said:*snip*
Enjoy Windows while it lasts, because its about too go away.
So once again, you're wrong. It's just out of Vista because of the BlackHat thing, and thats the machine they chose to test it on. They could've easily done it on any other one.
Presented by Mark Dowd and Alexander Sotirov, of IBM and VMware, respectively, the exploit negates key security features such as Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), Data Execution Prevention (DEP), which make it difficult to locate and execute code and data. And apparently this exploit is so broad and game changing that it could be applied to other platforms.