Google’s Chrome Sandbox Hacked

By | May 10, 2011 | 12 Comments

Googles Chrome Sandbox Hacked

The end is near.

After countless attempts, the almighty Sandbox has been bypassed by the French security company Vupen, which won the $15,000 cash prize just few months ago in the Pwn2Own contest for successfully hacking Safari web browser.

Although Google was unable to confirm such claim, the buzz is quickly spreading all over the Internet.

Here is what Vupen had to say about their recent accomplishment:

The exploit shown in this video is one of the most sophisticated codes we have seen and created so far as it bypasses all security features including ASLR/DEP/Sandbox, it is silent (no crash after executing the payload), it relies on undisclosed (0day) vulnerabilities discovered by VUPEN and it works on all Windows systems (32-bit and x64).

See it in action below.

It should be also noted that the Windows Calculator (calc.exe) launch is just an example of such hack and it can be replaced with any hacker made payload as well.

Thanks, Blake!

Picture Source: Joy Damm (Flickr)
Via: ComputerWorld


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  • http://martin.suchan.id.email.cz/ Necroman

    OMG, they launched the calculator, the end is near O.o

    • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_(CG-48)#Smart_ship_testbed

      On 21 September 1997, while on maneuvers off the coast of Cape Charles, Virginia, a crew member entered a zero into a database field causing a divide by zero error in the ship’s Remote Data Base Manager which brought down all the machines on the network, causing the ship’s propulsion system to fail.

      Yep :-)

    • http://rudivisser.myopenid.com/ Rudi Visser

      @openid-68201:disqus if a calculator can be launched (executable), anything can be launched.

  • IE & Opera FanBoy

    This is a big blow to Google and their fan boy’s. I don’t know how much did the Hacker spent to find this vulnerable.

    • You Get Nothing

      Implying IE hasnt suffered thousands of blows like this

      • Opera & IE fanboy

        IE & Opera has these similar issues, my point is now no one will claim Chrome is 100% secure software. My point here is all the application has vulnerable and the user should be trust any application (even Notepad.exe) for safe,secure & privacy.

        • Opera & IE fanboy

          Sorry, I Meant ” the user should NOT trust any application (even Notepad.exe) for safe,secure & privacy. “

      • Sarjoor

        @You Get Nothing, in fact, IE has *NOT* suffered thousands of blows like this! This is a hack get gets through the security sandbox designed specifically to separate Chrome from the OS. IE has never had a sandbox environment. Chrome has always been so proud of their security sandbox. This is a big blow if this hack is real.

        • jrk

          Why do you think IE7′s Protect Mode is not a sandbox?

  • DWBH

    If google unable to confirm the claim. They will not fix it right ?

    • Opera & IE fanboy

      Or till they fix it , they will not confirm the claim.

  • Nyromith

    I think that security is specially important to Google because they prepare the groud for Chrome OS, and want people to be confident that this OS will be perfectly secure. Of course this client hack tells nothing about their server-side security, but the perfectly-secured software image received a blow. (IMO a much more serious blow to cloud storage in general is the PSN hack.)

    Still, I think Google invests more money in security than any other company, and their browser is more secure than the others.

    That doesn’t change the fact that Chrome is a spyware.