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Mar 15 2014   2:37PM GMT

PWN2OWN cracks Reader, IE, Flash, Firefox and Chrome, but not Java

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

laptopthiefThe first day of the PWN2OWN 2014 competition, an elite hacking competition that runs each year in parallel with the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, was held Wednesday 12 March 2014. Right out of the box, Adode Reader, IE 11, Adobe Flash and Mozilla Firefox were PWNed. An attack on Java was not attempted, presumably because it was considered too difficult a target. What a change that is!

Day two saw both Chrome and Safari PWNed.

You can get a full recap of the results of the competition here.

Since attackers must responsibly disclose how they accomplished their hacks as a condition of entry, we can expect patches for the vulnerabilities in the next round of security updates for the affected apps.

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