Apple‘s much hyped Safari browser was hacked in 5 seconds at the 2011 Pwn2own annual computer hacking contest. A French pen-testing firm VUPEN hacked Apple’s Safari web browser using a zero-day flaw to win the coveted Pwn2Own hacker challenge.
This year the web browser targeted were the latest release candidate (at the time of the contest) of the following products:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Apple Safari
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
Each browser would be installed on a 64-bit system running the latest version of either OS X or Windows 7.
Safari on MacBook was the first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011!
A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple’s Safari browser to win this year’s Pwn2Own hacker challenge.
VUPEN co-founder Chaouki Bekrar lured a target MacBook to a specially rigged website and successfully launched a calculator on the compromised machine.
The hijacked machine was running a fully patched version of Mac OS X (64-bit).
The Pwn2Own event, being held at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, allows companies to challenge hackers to exploit their operating systems and web browsers.