Google Chrome triumphs in hacker challenge

IE, Safari first to flop in hack match

So far Google’s Chrome is unscathed in the annual Pwn2Own hack match, with one contestant a no-show and the other team working on another product instead, writes Greg Keizer of ComputerWorld.

Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, on the other hand, were rubbed out by the first hackers who tested their skills at the annual hacking event, organized by security software company TippingPoint during the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 9-11.


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A team from French security company Vupen hacked Safari 5 on a Macbook Air notebook in five seconds, and independent researcher Stephen Fewer took down IE8, reports ComputerWorld.

Government Computer News reports that Google’s confidence to put up an extra $20,000 in prize money may come from the fact that Chrome was the only browser last year to come out unscathed in spite of attempts by hackers to seek out vulnerabilities.

Chris Paoli of GCN writes that to be considered a successful hack, bug researchers “must compromise the browser using a sandbox escape (only exploiting Google-generated code in its browser) on a Windows 7 machine.”

Developers, researchers and hackers who find bugs in code have a history of being paid by Google. Nine bug researchers were paid to find flaws in the Chrome browser prior to the contest, according to GCN.

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Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 14, 2011 Olde Sarge DC

Maybe Apple and Microsoft could learn a few things by 'investing' in hacking their own products to keep them safe. I, for one, cannot fault Google's tactic. Paying outsiders to challenge and find flaws in your software makes good business sense--if you want to provide your customers the best product.

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