Hacker Wins Pwn2Own Contest Using An iPhone 4 Safari Exploit

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Not sure if this is something we should celebrate about, but Charlie Miller is famous for winning hacking contests through exploits he finds in Apple products. First he found a way to hack into a Mac through Safari, and this time, he wins the infamous Pwn2Own 2011 hacking contest by wiping the address book of an iPhone by using a Mobile Safari exploit.

Miller isn’t new to iOS hacking. He successfully broke into a fully patched iPhone. In 2007, Miller exploited the new iPhone’s Safari browser to launch code that read the log of SMS messages, the address book, the call history, and the voicemail data. Same happened in 2009.

The only positive note about this contest is that usually Jailbreaks rely on hackers like Charlie to find exploits that the Dev Team can use to side load cydia apps into iOS. On the negative side, I guess if hackers have a contest and win with phone hacks, the business of figuring out ways to drill into your phone are becoming the new thing.

Via: ZDNet

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