Safari & IE fall to the first hackers at Pwn2Own: That after Apple released Safari 5.0.4 on iOS 4.3!

March 9, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

You would expect most net browsers on various operating systems to fall in the next couple of days at Pwn2Own. The annual hacking challenge sponsored by HP TippingPoint at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver was underway and within minutes both Safari and IE fell to the very first hackers who tried their hand at it.

French Security Company Vupen was the one that cracked open Safari and with it walked off with $15,000 and a new MacBook Air. Those worried about their browser and OS security need not really go up in arms about this as most likely the same will happen at the contest with every other OS in the next two days. But what it does is highlight the security flaws in the existing software and maybe firms will then patch them up in future editions.

Safari went down despite the latest iOS 4,3 update from Apple that patched up over 62 vulnerabilities with the release of Safari 5.0.4. That should be a bit of concern considering iOS 4.3 was out just a few hours back and it has already been broken into. With IE8 and Windows 7 also falling minutes, time for others to follow soon…

Update: There are conflicting reports about which version of the Safari was hacked at the Pwn2Own from various sources, as mentioned by some of our readers. So, we better wait a bit longer to confirm one way or another on whether the patched up latest Safari 5.0.4 is still vulnerable to the hack.

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