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For a third straight year, Google’s Chrome browser has gone unhacked at a yearly event aimed at exposing the security flaws of today’s modern browsers. The Mountain View, Calif. search company put its money where its mouth was too: last month it offered $20,000 to the first team able to hack the company’s browser.
Pwn2Own is part of the CanSecWest security conference, held yearly by HP TippingPoint. Contestants are tasked with hacking each of the major browsers — Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome — and the first teams to do so not only win a $15,000 cash prize but also the computer they hacked the browser on.
Cracking Chrome might have proved too difficult. The browser uses what is called a “sandbox,” which isolates system processes. In order for a crack to be successful, first the sandbox must be cracked, and then the exploit code itself executed. Hackers may have seen this as too time intensive, opting instead to attempt easier hacks.
Other browsers were not as lucky. Internet Explorer and Safari were both hacked rather easily on Wednesday. Safari was hacked in a matter of seconds using an unpatched flaw — even after a security update had been released hours before the contest — and Internet Explorer was taken down by a trio of hacks.