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Chrome hacked in five minutes
« on: March 08, 2012, 21:52 »
Google's browser was hacked within only five minutes as part of annual security contest.

Pwn2Own is an annual browser hacking contest held at CanSecWest in Vancouver. This year, following a disagreement with contest organisers Tipping Point over vulnerability disclosures, Google held its own competition at the same conference, offering a total of $1 million in potential prize money.

After avoiding being successfully attacked for three years thanks largely to its sandbox, which locks down executable code to prevent damage, Chrome was hacked at both Pwn2Own and Google's Pwnium.

For the former, Vupen Security's team used a pair of zero-day flaws - one targeting Windows, the other targeting Chrome's sandbox - to hack the browser mere minutes into the start of the contest.

While the hack only took five minutes to execute, Vupen has been developing the attack against Chrome's sandbox for six weeks, Bekrar told ZDNet.

Read more: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/373426/chrome-hacked-in-five-minutes
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