Ou, boy.

Here we go again.

George Ou is positively giddy about today’s announcement of a hack to older Airport cards.

Ou loves him some Artie MacStrawman.

The explanation given to me by members of the research community for this sudden disclosure was that these exploits are always “imaginary” to Apple and there are no exploits for the Mac. This is compounded by the fact that the Apple community has insisted that anyone talking about an Apple exploit without releasing proof of the exploit must be frauds.

You can’t see it, but the Macalope is rolling his eyes right now, George.

There. He did it again.


And again.



OK, he’s done now.

But, hmm. The Macalope wonders who those “members of the research community” might be.



Who. Could. It. Be?



The Macalope is tapping his hooves together… he’s thinking… thinking…

Well, the Macalope won’t hazard a guess as that would be irresponsible.

[cough] Maynor and Ellch [cough]

Ou’s post is also just a marvel of his mad blogging skillz.

The Kernel Fun blog which released this exploit also cited a blog I wrote about Apple refusing to give credit to security researchers where Apple admitted they got the information that prompted an internal audit leading to a patch but refuses to give any credit to the researchers.

“A blog I wrote”? George, have you been reading Senator Ted Stevens’ Guide To Hip Internet Lingo again?

According to Brian Krebs, Apple’s Lynn Fox told him that “This issue affects a small percentage of previous generation AirPort enabled Macs and does not affect currently shipping or AirPort Extreme enabled Macs.” But the flaw affects all “Airport enabled Macs” which are the PowerPC based Macs that comprise roughly half of the Mac market. The “AirPort Extreme enabled Macs” are the newer Intel based Macs. But with potentially five more Apple kernel bugs coming out this month, the Intel based Macs may not be spared either.

The Macalope has long since learned that pointing out Ou’s mistakes will only get one branded an “Apple zealot” but, well, once more into the breach, dear friends.

George, the Macalope will explain it slowly and exaggerate his lip movements so it’s perfectly clear.

“Airport” is 802.11b. “Airport Extreme” is 802.11g.

It has nothing to do with whether or not the machine is Intel or PowerPC-based. While PowerPC-based Macs were sold up until this summer, Macs with 802.11b Airport cards haven’t been sold for three years.

Seriously, the fact that Ou continues to get many basic facts wrong…

Well, it’s what makes him so damn funny.

That and his pants-wetting excitement about an exploit to three-year-old Apple hardware.

Finally, to finish off his oeuvre – now thoroughly convinced that he’s put Apple and its entire user community in its place and assured himself that his hit count will skyrocket this week (sadly, he’s probably right on that last point) – Ou misspells John Gruber’s name (“Grubber”) in a postscript.

His work now done, he retires to the fort he made from the couch cushions to watch TeleTubbies and have a nice juice box.

OK, the Macalope recognizes that Apple doesn’t have the most open policy about… well… anything, frankly. But what we’ve seen so far is a possible hack of current hardware that’s never been publicly proved and a proven hack of hardware that hasn’t been sold in three years.

Posting triumphal and inaccurate “blogs” just makes you look like an ass.

ADDENDUM: Just seconds after posting this, the Macalope noticed the following response from Mr. Gruber:

George Ou Jizzes His Pants.

Mmm. Delightfully shrill! The Macalope could only bring himself to go with “pants-wetting”. You have outdone me, sir! My antlers tilt in your general direction!