The Google Chrome web browser is no longer the invincible web browser from last year, when it managed to stand tall in front of the hackers that participated at the Pwn2Own competition.
Sergey Glazunov managed to hack the Google Chrome web browser during the Pwnium competition hosted by Google.
He took advantage of a security flaw that was unknown until that time, and he managed to run an executable code outside of the sandbox – the protection system used to restrict access of malware programs in case the Google web browser was hacked by hackers. Sergey’s success was rewarded by Google with $60,000.
Unfortunately, this is not the only breach of the Google Chrome web browser because a team of hacker named Vupen managed to compromise the Chrome’s security system in just five minutes.
Even if these two security breaches make the Google Chrome web browser less secure, these hacking competitions are used to improved the security level of the products. While rewards have the role of motivating hackers, they are only granted after the hackers reveal the means they used during the hacking process.