The 5th Pwn2Own contest is here and there are some special treats for all you exploiters.
In addition to already offered prizes by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) (a total is $105,000), Google Inc. will also be giving away a CR-48 laptop running Google Chrome OS and $20,000 to one lucky hacker who will exploit a security hole in Google Chrome web browser.
Contestants are welcomed to hack the following browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
All of them will be running on a 64-bit, Windows 7 or OS X machines.
As for Opera inclusion, it’s still the same “low market share” argument.
With a great year for web browsers that 2010 was, it’s time to dive in directly into 2011 and check the very first month market share stats.
Internet Explorer continues the downtrend with a 1.08 point drop, from 57.08% to 56.00%.
With the upcoming Firefox 4 release, Mozilla’s web browser is still struggling to gain any significant market share, this time it lost a 0.06 point, down from 22.81% to 22.75%.
Back in January, Google has announced its plans to remove H.264 codec from the Chrome web browser.
Well, Microsoft has decided to spice some things up and announced the availability of “Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome” (Windows 7 only).
In addition, Dean Hachamovitch the Corporate Vice President of Internet Explorer has posted a a lengthy, explaining the current industry situation and expressing his concerns about WebM (just like Google did with H.264).
To sum it up: Microsoft is fully behind H.264 and sees no reason to drop it.
With the approaching Internet Explorer 9 RC1 release date, IE team has recently revealed that Microsoft’s browser has been already downloaded more than 23 million times.
Furthermore, it looks like with a total 1.82% of Windows 7 users already using IE9, it has now reached 0.5% of the worldwide market share.
Good news, Microsoft has just sent out invitations to media press, inviting them to join an Internet Explorer 9 event on February 10th.
Members from the Internet Explorer team (and some special guests) will be visiting San Francisco in two weeks to share some important news. I know it’s an extremely busy news week already, but we’re hoping you can join us.
Just a few more weeks to go.
Just few weeks after the Beta 9 release, here comes the next-to-last Beta build of Firefox web browser.
What’s changed? Improvements in memory usage, various stability enhancements and over 500 bug fixes.
However, with release cycle pickup up speed, you should expect Beta 11 at the end of January (31st) or very early February.
It looks like the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 RC build will feature some user interface changes.
Russian website has had their hands on the build numbered 9.00.8073.6010 (WIN7_IE9_Partner.110113-2300) and made a comparison against IE9 Beta.
Sharper edges, some color changes and various tweaks.
If you’ve been expecting Firefox 5 sometime next year then we have some good news for you.
According to Brendan Eich, the CTO of Mozilla, company is ready to speed up their release cycle and introduce Firefox 5 at the some point of this year.
Cast a colder eye on your blockers. Some of them can wait for a dot release or Firefox 5 that I do believe will be only months after 4 comes out. We are going to a fast release cycle. It serves our users better. To do that we have to get this touch and go done with Firefox 4.
If everything goes as planned, we should see the Final build of Firefox 4 sometime next monmth.