IE9 Hacked at Pwn2Own

VUPEN security researchers used two zero day vulnerabilities to hack Internet Explorer 9 during the second day of the Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest security conference.

“The attack was demonstrated on a fully patched 64-bit Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 system and earned the VUPEN team 32 points in the annual Pwn2Own competition sponsored by TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program,” writes ITworld’s Lucian Constantin.

“VUPEN’s Internet Explorer 9 exploit leveraged two vulnerabilities — a remote code execution (RCE) that bypassed the browser’s anti-exploitation mechanisms like DEP (Data Execution Prevention) or ASLR (address space layout randomization) and one that bypassed its post-exploitation defense, commonly known as the sandbox, or Protected Mode in Internet Explorer’s case,” Constantin writes.

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