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Pwn2Own Hacking Contest Results

Pwn2Own Hacking Contest Results

Computerworld is reporting that the winner of the Pwn2Own will not be publishing his list of security bugs found in software made by Adobe, Apple and Microsoft.

Charlie Miller, a known expert on security, will show the vendors of software he has managed to “hack” where the security vulnerabilities are, rather than publish his findings in the public domain.

“We find another bug, they patch it. That doesn’t improve the security of the product. True, [the software] gets incrementally better, but they actually need to make big improvements. But I can’t make them do that,” Miller told Computerworld.

He has developed a software tool called a dumb fuzzer that pokes software to find  its vulnerabilities automatically. The reason for not publishing his work and guiding the software houses exactly where the vulnerabilities lie is because he argues that software firms need to be better at checking their own software and this new strategy may increase the security of software.

In other security news, President Obama’s Twitter account was hacked by a French national recently and an iPhone’s SMS software was hacked in 20 seconds allowing a malicious user to delete all SMS text messages.

Source: Slashdot

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