VANCOUVER, BC -- For the third year in a row, Charlie Miller has hacked into a MacBook by exploiting a critical Safari browser vulnerability.
At the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacker contest here, Miller performed a clean drive-by download against Safari to get a full command shell on the MacBook.
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In the attack, Miller set up a special Web page with the exploit. Using Safari, a conference organizer surfed to the Web page and watched and Miller took control of the machine.
Details of the vulnerability are being kept under wraps until Apple releases a fix. TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the contest sponsors, will handle the process of reporting the issue to Apple.
Miller, who uses fuzzers to find security vulnerabilities, is slated to deliver a conference presentation on fuzzing techniques against popular software products.
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More to come...