Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Mar 2009 06:44 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Privacy, Security, Encryption As he had already predicted, cracker Charlie Miller has won the PWN2OWN contest by cracking Safari and Mac OS X within seconds of the start of the competition. "It took a couple of seconds. They clicked on the link and I took control of the machine," Miller said after his accomplishment. He took home the USD 10000 prize, as well as the MacBook he performed the exploit on. Internet Explorer 8 fell a while later by cracker Nils, who also cracked Safari and Firefox after being done with IE8.
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Sad to say
by kaiwai on Thu 19th Mar 2009 07:10 UTC
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I'm not surprised that it has happened; Apple hasn't seemed to learn a single thing; they introduce garbage collection with Objective-C and yet none of the components of Mac OS X use it, they introduce ASRL and again very few components use it.

It will be interesting to see how it was cracked - and hopefully Apple will wake up and do something about the security issues in Safari and Quicktime (which is another one which has had numerous security alerts).

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