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Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief




Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief
Apple snags ex-OLPC security chief



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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3358 

By Ryan Naraine
Zero Day
ZDNet.com
May 13th, 2009

Former director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) 
Ivan Krstic has joined Apple to help thwart hacker attacks against the 
Mac operating system.

Krstic, a well-respected innovator who designed the Bitfrost security 
specification for the OLPC initiative, joined Cupertino this week and 
will work on core OS security.  His hiring comes at a crucial time for a 
company that ties security to its marketing campaigns despite public 
knowledge that it=E2=80=99s rather trivial to launch exploits against the Mac.

Krstic sees the OLPC=E2=80=99s Bitfrost system as a foolproof way to defeat 
malware attacks so it=E2=80=99s a safe bet he=E2=80=99ll be working with Apple engineers 
on some form of sand-boxing of applications:

Krstic sees the OLPC=E2=80=99s Bitfrost system as a foolproof way to defeat 
malware attacks so it=E2=80=99s a safe bet he=E2=80=99ll be working with Apple engineers 
on some form of sand-boxing of applications:

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. =E2=80=9CThis defeats the entire purpose of writing a 
virus,=E2=80=9D says Krstic.

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