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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RE: Sad to say
by Kroc on Thu 19th Mar 2009 07:36 UTC in reply to "Sad to say"
Kroc
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2005-11-10

I'm not surprised because they attacked the browser. Lame.

Browsers have to parse a near infinite combination of good and bad HTML, Javascript and many other formats. The browser is the biggest and most potential attack surface a hacker has to play with.

Seriously, cracking browsers is boring -- I wanted to see direct attacks against the OS and *then* see how well it stands up. Remember the Mac Mini that was left open to the net for 48 hours? 500'000 direct attacks, and not one successful.

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