No matter what web browser developers do hackers will always find exploits, at a recent Pwn2Own hacking contest at CanSecWest hackers were rewarded $10,000 for exploiting Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox.
Apparently three different hackers won $10,000 each for successfully exploiting these browsers, however a duo of hackers managed to hack Apple’ iPhone running Safari, despite all of the successful hacks none of these hackers had physical addresses to the machines they exploited.
For obvious reason full details were not revealed, however the most interesting hack was for the iPhone’s Safari web browser, this hack was created by Vincenzo Iozzo and Ralf Philipp Weinmann.
Their hack involved creating a special website, when iPhone users visited this website Iozzo and Weinmann were able to pull the iPhone’s complete SMS database, however they also claim that the same exploit could “extract the iPhone’s contacts, email, photo gallery and iTunes media files”, for their success they took away $15,000.
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