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[3]: Comment by Hakime
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 19th Mar 2009 09:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Hakime"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

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.


I know.

Read what I wrote: "cracker Charlie Miller has won the PWN2OWN contest by cracking Safari and Mac OS X within seconds of the start of the competition."

And that's 100% accurate, exploit in hand or not.

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RE[4]: Comment by Hakime
by majipoor on Thu 19th Mar 2009 10:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Hakime"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

You can lie by telling something which is wrong, but also by filtering the facts. And you are not the messenger: you have written the article.

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RE[4]: Comment by Hakime
by Soulbender on Thu 19th Mar 2009 11:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Hakime"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Dude, it is obviously deceiving. What it sounds like is that he came unprepared and figured out how to crack Safari in seconds while in fact he had prepared the exploit beforehand.

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