IE, Firefox, Flash Fall at Pwn2Own, but Exploit Unicorn Still Lives

Once again, the Pwn2Own event has proved that no matter how hard vendors try, vulnerabilities remain in popular Web browser technologies. On March 12, security researchers at the Pwn2Own security challenge found new zero-day flaws in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader technologies.

In total, Hewlett-Packard’s Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI), which runs the Pwn2Own event, has awarded $400,000 in prize money to researchers for their discoveries. An additional $82,500 in prize money was donated by HP to the Canadian Red Cross for discoveries made by HP and Google as part of the Pwn4Fun component of the Pwn2Own event.