Windows Phone The Only OS To Survive Pwn2Own Hacking Challenge

Windows Phone The Only OS To Survive Pwn2Own Hacking Challenge

Day one of the Mobile Pwn2Own competition, organised by Hewlett-Packard-owned Zero Day Initiative and sponsored this year by Google and Blackberry had some interesting results.

iOS and Android, in the form of a iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG Nexus 5, and Amazon Fire Phone were all hijacked by exploits, with Windows Phone being the only mobile OS not fully compromised.

The phone (a Lumia 1520) targeted by Nico Joly a whitehat security expert, was able to compromise the mobile version of Internet Explorer, however the OS sandboxing prevented him from gaining full control of the system.

HP confirmed that all exploits were verified, and then immediately disclosed to the affected companies.

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