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Pwn2Own hacking contest shows Firefox isn’t safe at all

Following on from our previous article, which informed you about the hacking contest which was staged by ‘Pwn2Own’, we have article for you to read now, which looks in detail at the ease it took for a hacker to completely take apart the security within Mozilla Firefox to gain total control of a 64-bit version of Windows 7.

The article comes from Zdnet, who explains how a 26-year-old German hacker known as Nils, managed to use various ‘methods’ on Firefox to bypass the key Address Space Layout Randomization (ALSR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) securities with Microsoft’s Windows 7 software.

The contest rules state that he wasn’t allowed to explain how he exploited Firefox, so we will never know the full details.

What this has done though, is surely give a severe wake up call to Mozilla and Microsoft, on the sheer ease of how this operation was performed.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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