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]: Money
by tupp on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Money"
tupp
Member since:
2006-11-12

That Firefox and IE took longer to fall just means that the people who went after them weren't as well prepared, or possibly less talented than whatshisface here.

Or, more likely, it means that Safari is easier to crack, even though the Firefox an IE crackers prepared just as much as "whatshisface."


Noone shows up to this kind of thing and then start looking for exploits.

Of course.

All of the crackers prepared in advance, and Safari was the easiest and quickest to crack.

So, the headline should read: "SAFARI ONCE AGAIN SHOWN TO BE THE EASIEST TO CRACK, IN SPITE OF APPLE FANBOYS' ATTEMPTS TO SPIN OTHERWISE."

End of story.

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RE[4]: Money
by paws on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Money"
paws Member since:
2007-05-28

Err. There is logically no way the time it takes to EXECUTE a preprepared exploit is in no way related to how easy it is to FIND one. QED, you're wrong.

(Also, I'm a full-time Ubuntu user. The only Macs I have around all run MacOS < 9. Or Linux.)

Edited 2009-03-19 19:31 UTC

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