Week in Geek: Google Chrome Hacked Twice at Security Contests

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By Akemi Iwaya on March 11th, 2012

This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Apple and book publishers face an e-book antitrust lawsuit, Mozilla does not want Pepper for Flash on Linux, pre-rendering led to a browser statistics error in favor of Chrome, and more.

Weekly News Links

  • Chrome Hacked at Pwn2Own and Pwnium Contests
    Security researchers collected over $60,000 in prize money on Wednesday for reporting new zero-day flaws in Google’s Chrome web browser at the Pwn2Own and Pwnium security challenges held during the CanSecWest conference.
  • Pre-rendering leads to browser statistics miscount in favour of Chrome
    Since version 13, Google’s Chrome browser has been able to pre-load and pre-render pages to minimise potential waiting times when a user clicks on a link. However, users may never actually look at these pages – for example, because they click on a different link.
  • Mozilla begins adapting Firefox for Windows 8 Metro environment
    Mozilla has started developing an official port of its Firefox Web browser for the Windows 8 Metro environment. They intend to deliver a fully functional version of the browser that will integrate with the Metro experience and offer a touch-friendly user interface.
  • Thunderbird to probably feature the Australis enhancements
    In the next few months, Mozilla is to probably embrace (probably Q2 2012) a new redesigned default interface, Australis, changing radically various components with attached parts, built-in progress bar, fancy buttons and more. It seems that Thunderbird is also to probably feature the Australis enhancements, thus gaining serious UI refinements, including rounded tabs, slick lines, repositioned toolbar, categorized filters and more.
  • Mozilla Doesn’t Want Pepper for Linux Flash
    A couple of weeks ago, Adobe announced that is was abandoning Flash on Linux to Google. The idea being that Chrome integrates Flash and Google can be the place where Linux users go for Flash. But what about Firefox? Why can’t Firefox on Linux also get the same benefit? As it turns out, that’s a bug that Mozilla won’t fix.
  • Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta
    Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Linux’s father, is proud of where Ubuntu is going and thinks that the next version will bring real desktop user experience innovation “before it shows up in Windows or MacOS.”
  • Linux patent defense group expands open-source protection
    The Open Invention Network, a Linux patent protection consortium, is expanding its defense to related open-source programs such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit. Mobile Linux distributions like Android, MeeGo, and webOS will also soon be expressly protected.
  • OS X EULA changes allow installation on all of your Macs
    If you’ve wondered about whether you can install your one purchase of OS X Lion on all of your Macs, the answer is simple: you can.
  • Judge orders Google, Motorola to hand over Android data to Apple
    The companies must turn over information about the development of Android, as well as information on their merger.
  • Apple, book publishers face e-book antitrust lawsuit
    Justice Department alleges the group colluded to fix prices on electronic books, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
  • New York senator asks FTC to investigate Google, Apple
    Sen. Charles Schumer says the companies should be investigated after it was revealed that private information is available in apps running on iOS and Android.
  • Unreported cyberattacks not just due to reputation concerns
    Cybersecurity incidents that are not reported stem not just from wanting to protect a company’s image, but also the fact that companies do not have the knowledge or internal policies to properly recognize or deal with cyberattacks, security observer notes.
  • Apple releases supplemental OS X 10.7.3 update
    After updating to OS X 10.7.3 have you not been able to restore your Mac from Time Machine? A quick update from Apple should fix this problem.
  • Adobe Patches Critical Flash Flaws
    For the second time in less than a month, Adobe has issued an update to fix dangerous flaws in its Flash Player software. The patch addresses two vulnerabilities rated “critical,” but Adobe says it is not aware of active attacks against either flaw.
  • Danish firm outlines two unpatched Safari vulnerabilities
    Is the release of information on unpatched software vulnerabilities justified when a breakdown in communication occurs between research and development firms?
  • US e-voting system cracked in less than 48 hours
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have reported that it took them only a short time to break through the security functions of a pilot project for online voting in Washington, D.C. “Within 48 hours of the system going live, we had gained near complete control of the election server”, the researchers wrote in a paper that has now been released.
  • GitHub security incident highlights Ruby on Rails problem
    On Sunday morning, 4 March, Egor Homakov exploited a flaw in how the Ruby on Rails web framework handles mass assignments that allowed him to write a posting, delete a posting or push changes into source code on any GitHub project.
  • Don’t get faked by Android antivirus apps
    Most Android security apps are worthless when it comes to protecting you against mobile malware, according to a new study.
  • Court: 4 More Months for DNSChanger-Infected PCs
    Millions of PCs sickened by a global computer contagion known as DNSChanger were slated to have their life support yanked on March 8. But an order handed down Monday by a federal judge will delay that disconnection by 120 days to give companies, businesses and governments more time to respond to the epidemic.
  • Whoever Wrote the Duqu Trojan’s Framework Wrote It in an Unknown Programming Language
    The Duqu Trojan is one nasty piece of code, rivaled in sophistication only by its relative, the Stuxnet Worm. A new analysis of the Trojan, however, has revealed just how advanced it really is.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/11/12
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