French hackers have defeated Google Chrome, the freeware web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine, in less than five minutes at the Pwn2Own, an annual computer hacking contest to test the security of the most admired web browsers.
“We wanted to show that Chrome was not unbreakable. Last year, we saw a lot of headlines that no one could hack Chrome. We wanted to make sure it was the first to fall this year,” said Chaouki Bekrar, head of research at VUPEN Security, a French firm that has hacked Google Chrome. It had stood indomitable in the 2011 contest.
Announcing its success, VuPen tweeted: ”Google Chrome is the first browser to fall at #pwn2own 2012, we pwned it using an exploit bypassing DEP/ASLR and the sandbox ! We won 32 pts.”