This is bad news.
Apparently, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox fell prey at the famous hacking contest Pwn2Own .
The worst part is that they were beaten on the very first day of the contest.
No, that is not the worst part.
Actually, the worst part is this:
Bekrar’s IE10 hack bypassed all
of the protections built into Windows 8 and IE and allowed code to be
executed without crashing the browser.
So, it is not even 6 months after the launching of Windows 8 with its powerful "secure boot" and it was hacked on the first day? Let's remember: "secure boot" was so necessary that it was mandatory for Windows 8 to run.
And what about Linux? It is not present in this contest since 2008. The reason given in 2011? "Because it is not a widespread system." I guess the fact that it wasn't hacked in 2008 had nothing to do with that.
Now...there are some points to ponder about Windows 8.
1. If it took hackers one day to bypass all of Windows 8's security features, was it true then that "secure" (let's call it "restricted" until it actually becomes secure) boot was so secure as they told us? It had been hacked previously, too.
2. What's going to happen now? Will Microsoft actually patch Windows 8 or they will simply keep that information secret?