March 26th, 2010, 18:17 PM
Pwn2Own winner tells Apple, Microsoft to find their own bugs
The only researcher to "three-peat" at the Pwn2Own hacking contest said today that security is such a "broken record" that he won't hand over 20 vulnerabilities he's found in Apple's, Adobe's and Microsoft's software.
Instead Charlie Miller will show the vendors how to find the bugs themselves.
Miller, who yesterday exploited Safari on a MacBook Pro notebook running Snow Leopard to win $10,000 in the hacking challenge, said he's tired of the lack of progress in security. "We find a bug, they patch it," said Miller. "We find another bug, they patch it. That doesn't improve the security of the product. True, [the software] gets incrementally better, but they actually need to make big improvements. But I can't make them do that."
Using just a few lines of code, Miller crafted what he called a "dumb fuzzer," a tool that automatically searches for flaws in software by inserting data to see where the program fails. Fuzzing is a common technique used not only by outside researchers, but by developers to spot bugs before they release the software. Microsoft, for example, has long touted, and used, fuzzing as part of its Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), the term for its in-house process of baking security into products as they're created.
Full story: Computerworld