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iPhone and BlackBerry browsers fall at Pwn2Own

One day after IE8 and Safari fell prey to eager hackers during Pwn2Own's first day this year, the iPhone 4 and the BlackBerry browser have been exploited as well. The former was pwned by veteran Pwn2Own winner Charlie Miller, who developed an exploit that enabled him to run arbitrary code on the iPhone after visiting a specially-formatted Web page. Once he was 'in' the iPhone, he was able to...

Internet Explorer and Safari first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011, Chrome and Firefox still standing

Pwn2Own, the annual three-day browser hackathon, has already claimed its first two victims: IE8 on Windows 7 64-bit, and Safari 5 on Mac OS X. Google Chrome looks set to survive for its third year in a row. Internet Explorer 8 was thoroughly destroyed by independent researcher Stephen Fewer. "He used three vulnerabilities to bypass ASLR and DEP, but also escape Protected Mode. That's...

Google offers $20,000 for successful Chrome hack at Pwn2Own 2011

Google isn't just bringing the Chrome Browser to Pwn2Own 2011 -- this time, it's also bringing its own hardware. The Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop will be on hand for the browser exploiting hullabaloo, and Google is offering $20,000 and a CR-48 notebook for a successful exploit. According to the event's organizer, the attacker will also need to escape Chrome's sandbox. At last year's event, prominent...

Pwn2Own: fully-patched iPhone hacked, SMSes downloaded via website

Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf Philipp Weinmann, a couple of European security researchers, just demonstrated a zero-day hack on a fully-patched iPhone as part of Pwn2Own. Once an iPhone user is lured to a malicious web page, their entire SMS database is uploaded onto the server without them realizing it -- including deleted SMSes. Currently the hack crashes Safari, but they claim that given enough...

Pwn2Own 2010: Google Chrome is the last man standing

Pwn2Own 2010 is under way, and after day one of the annual security showdown the results are darn near an exact replica of last year's. Safari was the first to fall, followed by Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7. Firefox on Windows 7 x64 was also taken down, as was the iPhone's mobile Safari. Google Chrome, however, has yet to succumb. Once again, it's Chrome's sandbox which is making things...

Reigning Pwn2Own champion: "The main thing is not to install Flash!"

With the Pwn2Own hacking contest coming up at Vancouver's CanSecWest security conference later this month, Italian computer security blog OneITSecurity took some time to interview Charlie Miller. Miller, in case you're not familiar, is a security expert who has won Pwn2Own two years running by hacking Apple's Safari browser with incredible speed. Safari isn't the only target -- this year, all...

Pwn2Own organizer expects Safari to crack first, and turns its attention to mobile phones

At Pwn2Own 2010, hackers will spend three solid days trying to crack operating systems, browsers and mobile phones architectures. "Safari will be the first to go," says one of the main sponsors of the event, Aaron Portnoy -- though, saying that, only Google Chrome was found 'unhackable' at last year's Pwn2Own. This year they'll be looking at all major browsers on both Windows 7 and Vista, and...