At the anuual Pwn2Own competition in Vancouver, hackers have gathered to show off their respective skills, poking holes in the security of phones and browsers.
On day 1, flaws in IE8 and Safari 5 were exposed, though Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox left unscathed. Day 2 saw the competition turn its attention to phones, including the iPhone 4 and BlackBerry Torch.
The team of Charlie Miller and Dion Blazakis cracked the iPhone 4, successfully deleting the address book with a manipulative browser. The flaw has been addressed by iOS 4.3, which was released this week.
Meanwhile, it took three people to best the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Both teams take away $15,000 and the handset. Not bad for a day’s work.
Windows Phone 7 and Android, hosted on a Dell Venue and Samsung Nexus S respectively, left with their heads held high.
One researcher no-showed the event after an incredible faux pas. Jon Oberheide announced the flaw he intended to expose ahead of time, giving Google ample time to patch it. Oops.
The event is organised by the Zero Day Initiative team at security researchers TippingPoint. The hackers have one day of fun left before retiring to their respective bedrooms.