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]: Sad to say
by Soulbender on Thu 19th Mar 2009 07:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad to say"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

I wanted to see direct attacks against the OS and *then* see how well it stands up.


Who cares when you can take *control of the machine* via the browser?

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RE[3]: Sad to say
by macUser on Thu 19th Mar 2009 16:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad to say"
macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

I'd be curious to see what the system setup was as I didn't see that in the original article.

Was this user an admin user or a non-privileged user? Does that matter for the exploit (guess we'll find out when the patch is deployed)

Being the first to fall really doesn't mean much to me, all it means is that someone with a working exploit went to that machine first, vs the other machines. I see Safari, IE and Firefox all went down today...

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