Thursday, March 19, 2009

Browsers Bite It At CanSecWest

So much for enhanced browser security. Three of the most popular web browsers fell in record time at CanSecWest, much like the security geeks trying out tequila for the first time.

Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 8 went down like Ashley Dupree in a hotel room. Not good news for IE8, since it's being launched this week amid much hoopla.

Safari rolled over first, not surprisingly, as Apple has never been known to produce fortress software products. It only took seconds for Safari to be defeated via a prepared exploit that Charlie Miller discovered last year.

The frightening thing is how quickly FF and IE8 followed. It's a bad day to be a browser developer.

The only good thing about this is that all participants signed NDAs prohibiting them from discussing the details of their exploits with anyone other than the vendors who need to now go and fix these pieces of crap.

Thanks, browser vendors! You lasted for seconds. Just like your girlfriends told us you would.

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