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Pwn2Own 2012: Google Chrome browser sandbox first to fall – ZDNet

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At last year’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacker contest, Google Chrome was the only browser left standing.  This year, Chrome was the first to fall, thanks to an impressive exploit from a team of French hackers. VUPEN, the controversial company that sells vulnerabilities and exploits to government customers, deliberately took aim at Chrome this year to send a simple message: no software is unbreakable if hackers have enough motivation to prepare and launch an attack.

VUPEN co-founder and head of research Chaouki Bekrar and his team used a pair of zero-day vulnerabilities to take complete control of a fully patched 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1) machine.   As part of the new competition format, VUPEN will earn 32 points for the successful Chrome exploit.

Read more: ZDNet


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