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 Michael on Thu 19th Mar 2009 14:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Hakime"
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He went to the contest with a known-good exploit that was well-tested long before he ever walked in the door.

As is stated in the first sentence of the summary. This story has been covered here before so I guess Thom's just assuming we're all familiar with the facts (and it sounds like we are).

I think this competition is more about encouraging white hat hacking than exposing security flaws. So no point bickering about the results - they only prove that Charlie Miller knows his stuff.

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