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Microsoft’s Edge Browser, Most Hacked At Pwn20wn 2017 Hacking Event

I believe the issue of security should be taken pretty or very serious when it comes to applications that can obtain users details. I guess with this report you are about to read, it is obvious that Microsoft has not really taken it seriously, but Big daddy Google sure has.

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At the Pwn2Own 2017 hacking event, Microsoft’s Edge browser proved to be the most unsecure browser after it was hacked the most number of times. The Microsoft’s Edge browser was hacked no less than five times in three days. Quite awful.


The Pwn2Own 2017 event marked the 10th year of the annual hacking competition that began on March 15. The Pwn2Own contest comes up every year during the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. It is organized and sponsored by Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). This year’s Pwn2Own computer hacking contest has over $1 million to be won in prizes.

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According to reports, the Chakra JavaScript engine was exploited to execute most of these hacks, but a team of white hat hackers from Chinese internet security firm Qihoo 360 succeeded in escaping a VMware Workstation to win the grand prize of $105,000. This was done by utilizing a heap overflow bug in the browser, a buffer in VMware Workstation that was not initialized, and a type confusion in the Windows kernel.

While all these might not seem understandable to a layman, it all points to the fact that the Microsoft Edge browser isn’t as secure as it should be.

The second most insecure browser is the Safari browser which was hacked three times and partially hacked once. Also, there were two hacking attempts made against Mozilla’s Firefox, but only one of them was successful.

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Also, one cannot but acknowledge the sterling record and imprint Google’s chrome browser left as it was not successfully hacked, not even once. To tell you the truth, I’m extremely impressed. It goes to show how much time, resources and commitment our big daddy Google invested in the security of their products.

So this should go as a clear message to all the affected browsers, most especially the Microsoft’s Edge to beef up security as much as Google has.

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    I wish I knew how to hack. See prizes…

    Microsoft Edge had better fix their browser.

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