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Mar 2, 2009

“Beware the Ides of March”

(Bonus points if you know the source of my post title.)

Maybe “beware” is too ominous and heavy-handed, but all us smartphone users DO have reason to follow the Pwn2Own Contest, taking place at the CanSecWest Security Conference from March 16-20.

During Pwn2Own this year, hackers will do their best to break into all manner of smartphones, using only their guile, quick wits, and a previously undisclosed bug in one of the devices.

“The mobile device targets will include fully patched BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones in their default configurations.”

(from the Rules as posted by the Tipping Point Zero Day Initiative Team)

And the prize? Oh, just the “pwned” phone, 1 year of service, and $10,000. You know, small potatoes.

Now, excuse me while I take a look at the IR port on my xv6700. I think they leave that open by default, and I BET there’s a buffer overflow tucked in there someplace.

What do you think? Which device will be the first to fall?

Let us know in the comments.

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Many thanks to Gregg Keizer of ComputerWorld for his excellent article!



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

When will the results be published?

Captain Pancake said...

Caesars killer said beware of the odes of march a couple of days before he killed caesar.

Now...where is my point?

J Rob said...

5 bonus points to Cpt. Pancake, though I believe it was an oracle that warned Caesar about the Ides of March, not Brutus.

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