Pwn2Own Tokyo Roundup
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Amazon Echo, Routers and Smart TVs Fall to Hackers
The latest edition of the bi-annual hacking contest saw creative exploits in new device categories.
Another Pwn2Own has drawn to a close, with Team Fluoroacetate (researchers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu) taking home the Master of Pwn title for the third year in a row.
Overall, contestants in the Tokyo 2019 event earned more than $315,000 over the two-day hacking contest, for uncovering 18 different bugs in the various products. This encompassed new categories for Wi-Fi routers, televisions and smart-home/home automation products, including the pwning of an Amazon Echo. Three teams – Team Fluoroacetate, F-Secure Labs and newcomers Team Flashback – dominated the proceedings.
“Once patched, this should prove to be an interesting write-up,” according to the Zero-Day Initiative’s blog of the event.
And finally, the team turned their attention to mobile phones, starting with a knock-out compromise of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 via baseband. They used a rogue base station and a stack overflow to drop a file onto the Galaxy, earning $50,000. Their success marked the third year in a row that Samsung’s flagship handset has been hacked.