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 segedunum on Sun 22nd Mar 2009 00:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Money"
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Once more for the hard of hearing: Safari was taken down, yes, but not in seconds.

Yes it was because it took very little time for exploit to actually do its job.

The guy spent hours, days, weeks, maybe months looking for this whole, then even more time writing code that performed the exploit. Then he ran, and that apparently only took seconds. Big f--king deal.

The Apple fanboys are so funny.

Yes, he did come with a pre-prepared exploit in his pocket. However, he and others did exactly the same to other operating systems and browsers and found nothing, and if they did it was very, very little. He knew he was going to be able to exploit OS X and Safari regardless of how much time he spent on it.

Yer. It really isn't a big deal at all.

Edited 2009-03-22 00:48 UTC

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