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Pwn2Own trifecta: Hacker exploits IE8, Firefox, Safari


Posted by Ryan Naraine @ 5:40 pm


VANCOUVER, BC ? It took a while longer but Microsoft?s Internet Explorer 8 did not survive the hacker onslaught at this year?s CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest.


[ ALSO SEE: Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds ]


A security researcher named ?Nils? (he declined to provide his full name) performed a clean drive-by download attack against the world?s most widely used browser to take full control of a Sony Vaio machine running Windows 7.


He won a cash prize and got to keep the hardware. Details of the vulnerability, which was described by contest sponsor TippingPoint ZDI as a ?brilliant IE8 bug!? are being kept under wraps.


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein

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We definitely need guys like this on our side... Helping the developers keep their software safe and secure.

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