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[2]: Comment by Hakime
by JonathanBThompson on Thu 19th Mar 2009 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Hakime"
JonathanBThompson
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Thom, your reading comprehension is too low to catch this fact mentioned in the article:

He went out of his way to test the exploit before the contest to make sure it would work every time.


In other words, he did not pwn Safari on the spur of the moment in a few seconds! He went to the contest with a known-good exploit that was well-tested long before he ever walked in the door.

That being said, I'd truly love to know exactly what control over the machine he had as a result of that, as the ZDNet article is rather vague beyond stating that. I'm imagining that unless he got the user to enter their password, it wasn't quite as "total" as stated: if you can't enter the password for certain things, or do something to configure things such that you don't need it, it isn't truly total control over the machine, but it can still at least be very damaging to that user's accounts.

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