Mac OS X Hints

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In February, Aaron Portnoy made a bold prediction: Apple's Safari would be the first browser to fall at this year's Pwn2Own hacking challenge. As it turned out, when the contest was finally held in March, Safari got hacked twice: once on a Mac, and then again on an iPhone. The Pwn2Own contest is held as part of the annual CanSecWest security conference, which attracts security experts from all over the world. Contestants vie to exploit and compromise fully patched systems. Safari wasn't the only browser to be fooled. In addition to attempting to crack Apple's browser, running on Mac OS X 10.6, researchers also took on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 8 running on Windows 7. Web browsers have become the Achilles' heel of security, regardless of the hardware or software platform they're running on.