The web browser is the means through which most of us connect from our computing device to the scary internet out there. The state of their security features in large part determines what we can expect to encounter as far as malware and other security issues. The good news is that web browser security is improving all the time. The bad news is that web browser security is still pretty handily beaten by talented and persistent hackers; all 4 major browsers had their asses handed to them in short order at this year's Pwn2own competition.
Two researchers on Thursday took down the four major browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari, as Pwn2Own, the annual hacking contest that runs in tandem at CanSecWest, wound down in Vancouver.
The story of the day was Korean researcher Jung Hoon Lee, who worked alone under the name lokihardt and earned the single highest payout for an exploit in the competition’s history, a staggering $110,000 in just two minutes.HITB