updated 04:25 pm EDT, Thu March 19, 2009
On the first day of the Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest conference, hackers successfully compromised fully-patched copies of Internet Explorer 8, Safari and Firefox, according to ZDNet. A MacBook running Safari was hacked in seconds by Charlie Miller, winning him the notebook and a $10,000 purse. His previous performance was also impressive, requiring just minutes to take control of a MacBook Air.
An individual known as Nils was able to hack a Sony Vaio running Windows 7 and a patched version of IE8, Firefox and Safari. He also took advantage of vulnerabilities in Firefox and Safari, winning a cash prize and the Vaio notebook.
Company representatives were present to view the exploits. Terms of the contest require that the vulnerabilities remain undisclosed until the software companies have a chance to release a patch.