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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mightshade
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2008-11-20

I believe that This exploit only worked because he had changed some settings in the OS then had physical access to the unit.

He didn't. The contest rules don't allow that. Actually, the article says that a machine operator (NOT the hacker) clicked on a weblink and Miller had remote access right away. Did you read that at all?

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