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Old 09-11-2014, 01:42 PM   #1
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Pwn2Own

Is a computer security contesst that happens once each year on the fall where hackers get a chance to hack into any of the provided devices, if they can hack into it they can keep the device. I have seen the results from prior years at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn2Own and I have seen some interesting results.

First I note that apple appears in the list of hacked devices in 2011 and 2014 indicating that apple is vunerable however not as much as other devices are. Although ios has not been hacked for the last three years and it was not the OS that got hacked last year it was Safari that got hacked.

Second, I have noted that windows has not been hacked, its always been through the software that runs on windows that it has been hacked.

Third, all of the major web browsers except one has been hacked including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Only Opera remains in the clear.

Lastly, with the exclusion of apple, there are no tablets on the list or ereaders.

This list has given me a lot of food for thought
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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FYI some of your info is incorrect.
Opera was not in the competition
The Windows kernal was hacked.
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Opera is security through obscurity. Bad idea.

Internet Explorer was being constantly hacked throughout the competitions. IE is a core Windows OS component. So yes, Windows itself was hacked.
Besides for which, how do you think they were supposed to get the code to the device in question, if not though the browsers? The browsers which loaded plugins from both user-installed software and OS software like .NET, Silverlight, and QuickTime.

I do note that the second year, a Ubuntu Linux 7.10 laptop was part of the competition. In linux's one and only appearance, it did not get exploited. Draw your own conclusions.
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Nils and Jon from MWRLabs were successful at exploiting Google Chrome using WebKit and Windows kernel flaws to bypass Chrome sandbox and won $100,000.
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