iPhone, Safari, IE 8, Firefox Fall in Day One of CanSecWest Contest

Kara Reeder

As expected, Apple's iPhone and Safari browser, Microsoft's Internet Explore 8 and Mozilla's Firefox were taken down in minutes by hackers at this year's Pwn2Own contest, reports Computerworld. Google's Chrome was the only browser that came out unscathed on the first day of the contest, notes the Inquirer.


Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf-Philipp Weinmann exploited the iPhone in less than five minutes, earning them $15,000 in cash. Charlie Miller, now a three-time Pwn2Own champion, brought down Safari on a MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard to win the notebook and $10,000 in cash. At the Canadian CanSecWest security conference, Miller plans to disclose 20 zero-day security holes in Apple's Mac OS X.


Peter Vreugdenhil also won $10,000 for successfully exploiting a vulnerability in IE8 running on Windows 7. Finally, a German computer science student known only by his first name, Nils, also a repeat winner, came away with $10,000 for hacking Firefox on Windows 7.

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