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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taking over via the browser is good enough
by JoeBuck on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:02 UTC
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If a cracker can get in via the browser and can then operate after that with the full privileges of the user, that's good enough for all practical purposes on a machine that basically has one user. Ordinary user permissions suffice to send spam or to participate in a botnet. Whining that an attack by means of the browser is somehow less serious is misguided.

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