Safari, IE8 First to Go Down at Pwn2Own, Chrome Still Standing

Kara Reeder

The first day of the Pwn2Own hacking contest saw the toppling of Safari and Internet Explorer 8, reports Help Net Security. Chrome remained unscathed.

 

Researchers from French security firm Vupen managed to compromise a Safari browser (v5.0.3) by exploiting an unpatched vulnerability. The team walked off with $15,000 and a new MacBook Air, according to Computerworld.

 

eWEEK says Irish security researcher Stephen Fewer is behind the compromise of a 64-bit Windows 7 machine running Internet Explorer 8. He exploited three different vulnerabilities. The attack earned him $15,000 in cash and the laptop on which he launched the attack.

 

And Google will be holding on to the $20,000 it put up for the first researcher to hack Chrome on the first day of the contest. The researcher that signed up to hack Chrome was a no-show, perhaps because Google recently pushed out a number of Chrome patches.



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