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Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition
Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly

Posted on 03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT by Nachum

Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: browser; browsers; chrome; cybersecurity; fail; firefox; hacker; ie; miserablefailure; opera; trident
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1 posted on 03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Hackers are among the lowest forms of life on earth; blowing up the site of that competition would have been a patriotic act!


2 posted on 03/11/2013 7:16:48 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Nachum

I am stuck at firefox 3.6.18

Every firefox version since then (almost 3 years ago) loads the saved window positions from the taskbar, IN REVERSE order. No fix in 3 years. These outfits create the customer dissatisfaction.

Now my bank is intentional blocking my firefox version from working, trying to force me to upgrade. I cannot control my own monies if I don’t change my computer ways.


3 posted on 03/11/2013 7:18:04 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: George from New England

They want you to upgrade because your version of firefox is hopelessly out of date.


4 posted on 03/11/2013 7:24:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JimRed

It’s best to read and understand the article before posting comments.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 7:26:20 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Nachum

Life is too short to obsess over software..


6 posted on 03/11/2013 7:27:03 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

7 posted on 03/11/2013 7:31:55 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: George from New England

I use Slimbrowser. It works very well.


8 posted on 03/11/2013 7:34:44 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: George from New England

Well, try getting rid of Windows 98SE on your computer..........;^)


9 posted on 03/11/2013 7:36:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Nachum

I expected IE (Internet Exposure) to epic fail, I expected “Don’t Be Evil” google’s Chrome to blab all it knows (for a price), but I’m disappointed that Firefox did so poorly.


10 posted on 03/11/2013 8:13:05 AM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

Firefox released 19.0.2 the next day in response to the failure.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 8:16:48 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: driftdiver
They want you to upgrade because your version of firefox is hopelessly out of date.

I had an ISP tech support guy tell me once that my software was worn out. That could be the problem.

12 posted on 03/11/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ShadowAce

Good to know, I upgraded within minutes of the upgrade’s release.

I also note that the hacks were all on windoze systems, I don’t use the windoze half of my iMac on the net.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 8:24:21 AM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: martin_fierro; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Swordmaker; ShadowAce

Thanks Nachum.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 8:24:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: null and void
I don’t use the windoze half of my iMac on the net.

Where is the other half of your iMac?

15 posted on 03/11/2013 8:26:10 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: George from New England

Maybe you made a typo but it looks like 3.6.28 was the last for the 3.6 Firefox releases. Still, as a security fix it’s a year old and the underlying technology is years out of date.

I don’t understand what you mean by loading the saved window versions in reverse order compared to the 3.6 release. Have you reported the bug or do you just expect it to be known and fixed without prompting?

Your bank is absolutely right in blocking a release that old for your own security.


16 posted on 03/11/2013 8:31:15 AM PDT by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: ShadowAce
That freeper probably used "bootcamp" from Mac OS X to have both Windows and Mac OS X on the iMac.

The inference is "half" the disk was loaded with Windows and "half" kept Mac OS X.

17 posted on 03/11/2013 8:34:04 AM PDT by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: Nachum

No mention of Opera v12.14, the one I use. Probably got ‘holes’, too. Nothing’s 100% secure, out there, I’m guessing.


18 posted on 03/11/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: ShadowAce

In a “Parallels” universe...


19 posted on 03/11/2013 8:38:03 AM PDT by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: null and void

LOL! Good answer.


20 posted on 03/11/2013 8:38:39 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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