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03-11-11, 04:20 AM
Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) both fell to the first hackers who tried their luck on the browsers at Wednesday's opening day of Pwn2Own. The hacking challenge kicked off at 3:30 p.m. PT, slightly later than scheduled, at the CanSecWest security conference, which runs March 9-11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A team from the French security company Vupen walked off with $15,000 and a new MacBook Air after exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Safari. Earlier today, Apple updated Safari to version 5.0.4 (javascript:void(0);), fixing 62 vulnerabilities. But Vupen was still able to break the browser.

"Apple has just released Safari 5.0.4 and iOS 4.3 a few minutes before the Pwn2Own contest," Vupen said Wednesday afternoon on its Twitter account several hours before the contest began. "This breaks some exploits but not all!!"

Source: ComputerWorld (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9214002/Safari_IE_hacked_first_at_Pwn2Own)


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