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.