Hackers expose Safari's flaws in five seconds

Apple patched 62 vulnerabilities and released Safari version 5.0.4 shortly after a team hacked the browser at Pwn2Own.

When it comes to browser security, Internet Explorer usually gets ridiculed and beaten up the most. And though Microsoft's IE8 was quickly unraveled at Pwn2Own, Apple's Safari 5 was hugely embarrassed by getting hacked in five seconds flat.

Shortly after a team from the French security company Vupen scored $15,000 and a new MacBook Air for cracking Safari 5.0.3 open like an egg, Apple patched 62 vulnerabilities in the browser and released Safari version 5.0.4.

Meanwhile, Google's Chrome 9 browser went unchallenged. Two teams pre-registered to take Chrome down. The first contestant was a no-show and the second decided to focus instead on his hack of RIM's BlackBerry OS. Though it's a little unfair that Chrome walked away proud and untouched, it's also great accidental PR.

Today Mozilla's Firefox 3.6 will stand up to challengers, as well as a slew of smartphone operating systems: iOS, Blackberry OS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.

Two weeks before Pwn2Own started, the browsers were "frozen" so that researchers could have a stationary target to hack. But now Safari has been updated, Chrome has delivered version 10, IE 9 arrives on March 14, and Mozilla has issued the first release candidate of Firefox version 4.0, so wait on these new releases' impending vulnerabilities before you believe Safari is the most vulnerable browser in existence.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags online securityhackersapplicationsbrowser securityMicrosoftbrowserssoftwaresafarimozillaAppleGoogle

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brennon Slattery

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?