Every Major Browser Gets Hacked CanSecWest… Oh My!

Here’s a wake up call for the universe. No matter what browser you use, you can be hacked. Proof of this came at CanSecWest this week as every major browser got hacked in their annual hacking contest:

The annual Pwn2Own contest at CanSecWest is underway, and on the first day Web browsers fell to attack. Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.2 on 64-bit Windows 7 and Safari on OS X all were forced to run exploit code.

Charming, but there’s more:

To add insult to injury, an iPhone was cracked and the SMS database lifted from it.

The only good news in this is that the hacks that were used in this contest will be turned over to the various vendors so that they can be fixed. So you can fully expect a ton of updates to these browsers shortly. My advice? Install those updates the second they come out.

One thing I note is that apparently none of these hackers wanted to take on Google Chrome, and I believe no one was able to crack it last year. So perhaps if you’re nervous about whatever browser you’re using, perhaps you should give Google Chrome a look.

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