We are not the only ones saying so
The organizers of the Pwn2Own hacking challenge are
predicting that hackers will turn over Apple's Safari within a matter of
For years Apple has been claiming that it writes the most
secure code despite the fact that at the faintest attention from a
tends to lie on its back and let the intruder have their wicked way
with it. Every time there is a security competition, it appears
that Apple is the soft target.
Aaron Portnoy, security research team lead with
3Com TippingPoint, the sponsor of Pwn2Own. Portnoy is the organizer of the
contest said he thought Apple would be the first to go in this year's
competition which will be on March 24. Now in its fourth year, Pwn2Own has made headlines for
hacks of Apple's Mac OS X and Safari, as well as Microsoft's Windows and that
company's Internet Explorer (IE) browser.
In 2009, for example, researcher
Charlie Miller hijacked a Mac in less than five seconds through Safari to win
$5,000, while a German student knocked down three browsers on Windows to walk
off with $15,000. Miller, who works as a principal analyst at Independent
Security Evaluators, a security consulting firm, plans to again compete at
Pwn2Own and hopes for a hat trick.
But he is not as certain as Portnoy that Apple's browser
will tumble first. "Unlike previous years, I'd say Safari isn't
significantly easier than the browsers on Windows," Miller said. But he is predicting that two to three browsers will go
down, including Safari for the fourth straight year. Last year, Firefox, IE and Safari all fell to attack and
only Google's Chrome went unscathed.