White hat hackers leave Chrome OS unscathed at Pwnium 3

March 9, 2013
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    Samsung Series 5 550Hackers taking part in Google’s Pwnium challenge in its first two years found vulnerabilities in Chrome, and Google promptly rolled out updates to fix them, which made the software stronger than it was before. For the Chrome OS-focused Pwnium 3, entrants could not show a working exploit on the Series 5 550 target machine.

    The fact that entrants couldn’t exploit the target machine compliments Google’s initiative to keep Chrome as secure as possible. The downside is that whatever holes there are left remain undiscovered. While the Chrome OS may have stayed strong, the standard Chrome browser, Firefox and Internet Explorer were exploited in the Pwn2Own that was in tandem with the Pwnium 3 challenge.

    Regardless, Chromebook Pixel owners should be much happier with their purchases after seeing how secure the Chrome OS is. It may not be free from exploits, but the challenge proves the Chrome OS to be very secure. While it may be secure, no doubt hackers will be encouraged to try and exploit the Chrome OS on their own after hearing how entrants weren’t able to exploit it.

    Comments

    • Pete

      Love my Chromebook Pixel. It Pwns the Macbook Retina. Pwns… Geddit? Pwns…!!

      ^ _ ^

      • GalaxyNoteFTW96

        My 15 inch macbook pro with retina display has your $1300 dollar web browser and can ACTUALLY download things to the computer. Plus, it ACTUALLY has sufficient storage (512 GB) SSD vs your 32 GB storage. Dont get me wrong, i LOVE android (i actually happen to own the galaxy note 2), but the chrome OS is WAY behind Mac OS X. Screen resolution doesnt matter anyway because i literally cant spot a single pixel on my epic retina macbook. The fact that your computer has a few more pixels per inch doesnt really make me want to switch. Hope it was 1300 well spent!

        • Osagie Oyegun

          Don’t you guys get the fact that the Chromebook serves a different purpose from regular computing? Three years ago no one was taking tablets seriously and now … Open you eyes and realise there are people who are quite happy with computing experiences different from yours.

          • ICS

            What purpose, different from regular computing, does the Chromebook serve?

            • Lowry Brooks

              It is an entirely new idea of how an Operating System should function and serve the user.

          • JosephHindy

            Osagie, maybe you should extend your own argument here and realize that Pete did exactly the same thing that you’re giving GalaxyNoteFTW crap for doing ;) Not everyone computes the same as Pixel owners just like Pixel owners don’t compute the same as regular OS users. If GalaxyNoteFTW can’t defend his favorite OS, then why are you allowed to do so?

      • Brad Ward

        I can’t wait to get a Pixel myself, I’m afraid it’s a few months out though. It sounds like a great laptop for work!

    • Nate Swanner

      As a very proud Pixel owner, I can say it has limitations… but is much more beneficial than most realize.
      It fits a very specific set of needs, but all computers do. I do everything in the cloud, and on Chrome, so having a bulky OS was just an obstruction to me.
      If we’re discussing security, which we should be, Chrome OS is untouched. Why? Because Chrome is inherently secure.
      Also, great article, Brad.

    • Randy

      It’s based on Gentoo. Of course it’s relatively secure.

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