Security Researcher names Safari as weakest browser

Security researcher Charlie Miller, who last year won $10,000 for hacking into a MacBook Air via Safari in just two minutes, says he thinks Safari will be the first browser to fall at this year’s Pwn2Own contest.

“It might be because I’m biased about the things I’m good at, but it’s the easiest browser,” Miller told Computerworld this week.

PWN2OWN’s sponsor, 3Com Inc.’s TippingPoint unit, will pay $5,000 for each new bug successfully exploited in Safari, Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox or Google Inc.’s Chrome. IE8, Firefox and Chrome will be running on a Sony notebook powered by Windows 7, Microsoft’s still-under-construction operating system, while Safari and Firefox will be available on a MacBook.