A total of $442,000 paid in bounties to all contestants.
Well, it seems like no one was safe in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking competition as all 4 major web browsers have failed to protect the users.
The star of this contest however was Jung Hoon Lee (lokihardt) who has managed to reap $225,000 in rewards, breaking through Chrome’s security with a buffer overflow (which earned him $110,000) and then exploiting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ($65,000 in rewards), followed by Apple’s Safari ($50,000 in rewards).
That should be enough to improve his life for good.
Now here’s something that should definitely concern you. According to the recent report, there is a way to reveal typed in passwords in the Internet Explorer 11 (on Windows Phone 8).
All you have to do is:
- Enable Cortana if not yet enabled
- Type the password
- Highlight the password (we’re talking about ******) and then hit the search button
- Congratulations, you are now seeing a supposedly hidden password
How? There is a leak.
Well, here’s an interesting plot twist to kickstart your Monday. While the most recent Windows 10 Preview (Build 10041) still came with the old and rusty Internet Explorer, it looks like someone has managed to leak a slightly older Windows 10 Preview (Build 10014) and guess what? It comes with Project Spartan!
While some might be tempted to download and play with the mentioned version, please be warned that it’s rather buggy and unstable.
What happens when you keep delaying the release of Project Spartan? More uncontrolled leaks, of course; and thanks to the most recent one, the (almost) full picture of Microsoft’s upcoming web browser has been revealed. Here’s a recap:
Project Spartan includes two reading features, reading list and a reading mode. The first one allows you to save content for later access (will sync with Windows Phone 10) while reading mode works is what is currently available on IE11 / Windows Phone 8.1, basically it will remove ads and any other irrelevant content when activated.
I swear we wrote this before.
If you’ve been following Project Spartan news then it should be a pretty common knowledge by now that Microsoft promised to include its new web browser in the “next” Windows 10 build (which was released yesterday). Unfortunately, it did not happen.
Now, it looks like the software giant is ready to make the very same promise again and hopefully deliver this time. While there is no ETA for the next build yet, yesterday’s Windows 10 Preview does include some changes in the new rendering engine, which Project Spartan will utilize.
Now here’s a bummer.
Even though Microsoft has promised that the next official Windows 10 build will include new and much anticipated web browser, it appears that the software giant has broken the promise as just announced Windows 10 Preview does not actually include Spartan.
So who’s to blame and why is this the case? Well, the blame goes to both developers and the “announcer” as is turns out, Project Spartan is simply not yet ready.
No full backwards compatibility for you.
As Mozilla Foundation announced the availability of original WebGL (which was based on OpenGL ES 2.0) back in 2011 and then a 1.0.2 update two years later, the development has shifted to WebGL 2 (2013) and now it looks like all companies involved are ready to share some of the progress they have made in the last year or so.
So what exactly does the WebGL 2 have to offer? According to the recently revealed preview, the new graphics library is now based on the OpenGL ES 3.0 API and aims to raise many restrictions that were present in WebGL 1 (such as ability to use more render textures at the same time), developer controlled access to antialiasing, multiple render targets and other goodies.
With a giant ad.
As you might remember, Mozilla and Google have parted their ways and decided not to renew the default search engine agreement, fortunately for the open source organization, Yahoo! stepped in and both companies have signed a new deal, which also lead in an increase of market share for the search giant.
Well, it looks like Google is no longer happy with the new deal as they started asking Firefox users to set Google as their default search engine:
Keeps the high price tag.
Not so long ago one of the spokesman at Google revealed that the search giant was working on a new version of Chromebook Pixel, which is due soon.
Well, the curtains have finally been lifted and here is what you will get: