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Pwn2Own 2010: interview with Charlie Miller

Mar 26, 2010, 14:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matteo Campofiorito)

"Pwn2Own is a famous contest held in CansecWest Conference. Every year there is a big reward for researchers who finds exploitable bugs in popular browser and OS and also in mobile devices like iPhone. For the past two years the Pwn2Own contest champion was Charlie Miller (0xcharlie on Twitter), one of the most famous bug hunter and security expert in the world.

"Pwn2Own 2010 will will be held over the course of three days starting on March 24th, so, we decided to interview Charlie Miller...

"In Pwn2Own 2010 there is still no trace of Linux as possible target. Is it too harder to find exploits for Linux or a non commercial operating system has no interest for exploit hunters?

"No, Linux is no harder, in fact probably easier, although some of this is dependent on the particular flavor of Linux you’re talking about. The organizers don’t choose to use Linux because not that many people use it on the desktop. The other thing is, the vulnerabilities are in the browsers, and mostly, the same browsers that run on Linux, run on Windows."

Talk is cheap, I think they're too chicken to take on Linux. Let's see some hacking instead of excuses --ed.

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