All Major Browsers Hacked

Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari were all hacked at the Pwn2Own contest in Vancouver this week. Well, it’s not the good news we all wanted to hear, but the Pwn2Own conference is the kind of conference that rewards hackers by revealing their hacks to the public.

And that’s a good thing. In time, developers of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari can submit fixes to patch their browsers. But, it doesn’t bode well when hackers continually find browser security holes on a yearly basis.

The biggest winner this year is South Korean security researcher and serial browser hacker JungHoon Lee, also known online as lokihardt. His Google Chrome attack earned him the largest payout for a single exploit in the history of the competition.

He earned $75,000 for the Chrome bug, an extra $25,000 for a privilege escalation to SYSTEM and another $10,000 for also hitting the browser’s beta version for a total of $110,000.

Google Code Closing

A bit of news from Google. They’re shutting down Google Code. Not now, but in 10 months. This will give developers the time to migrate their code over to other project hosting companies such as GitHub, Bitbucket, etc. Beginning today, you can longer create a new project within Google Code.

So, I’m not surprised by Google’s move since they themselves have moved most of their open-source projects over to GitHub. To help with the migration, Google will offer tools for developers to migrate their code over to GitHub, Bitbucket or Sourceforge.

Finally, here’s the blog post from Google of the announcement.

Linux Jobs Are in Demand

If you’re a Linux guy, this is good news. Linux jobs are in high demand. From Computerworld.

If you’re an open-source expert, the job market is your oyster – the Linux Foundation released a report this week that says that employees with Linux skills are in high demand, with hiring managers working hard to bring them in.

According to the survey, the prevalence of open-source in the cloud and other important areas of business technology is helping to push the demand for Linux- and open-source-savvy workers higher. Forty-two percent of respondents said that CloudStack or OpenStack experience would be a valuable addition to a resume, and 19% said the same about open-source SDN skills.