Security researchers and white hat hackers have, on the very first day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, exploited unknown vulnerabilities contained within Apple Safari and Google Chrome browsers. Unsurprisingly, Adobe’s Flash Player was also compromised.
Four teams and a solo researcher competed against each other on the first day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest. This year’s targets were all popular known programs. They included Safari, running on OS X; Chrome, running on Windows; Microsoft Edge, running on Windows and Flash, also running on Windows.
Six attempts were made. Four were successful. One, partially successful while the other failed.
At least on Windows, and possibly on Mac. At the 2015 Pwn2Own Contest in Vancouver, which is part of the larger computer security conference called CanSecWest, independent security researchers were able to execute exploits on all four major browsers. The victims were Safari on OSX, Chrome on Windows, Firefox on Windows, and, less surprising, Internet Explorer on Windows.