May 11, 2011

French firm Vupen Security has managed to hack Google Chrome and its sandbox in a contest. Historically, Chrome has been the most difficult browser to hack because of the inbuilt sandboxing technology which theoretically isolates Chrome from the rest of machine, making it less vulnerable to hacking codes designed to cripple web browsers.

In the hack, the company uses a highly sophisticated code to bypass all security features of Google's browser including its sandboxing feature. In the process, the hack even managed to bypass the integrated anti-phishing technologies built in to Windows 7.

According to the company the hack works on all Windows systems, whether they are 32-bit or 64-bit.

Previously, Chrome always survived the Pwn2own hacking contest and Google itself offered a $20,000 prize for a successful hack. Before the Chrome hacking, Vupen Security had managed to hack Safari, which is also based on the webkit engine like Chrome.