Comex Wins Pwnie Award For JailbreakMe 3.0 & GeoHot Wins Best Song Award


by casey on August 5, 2011

Famous iPhone hacker Comex has won a Pwnie Award for his work on finding the vulnerability and developing JailbreakMe 3.0. Famous iPhone and PlayStation hacker, GeoHot was also given a Pwnie award. There were a total of nine award categories and jailbreak community wins two out of them.

If you are not familiar, The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.

Award categories

  • Pwnie for Best Server-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Client-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Privilege Escalation Bug
  • Pwnie for Most Innovative Research
  • Pwnie for Lamest Vendor Response
  • Pwnie for Best Song
  • Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
  • Pwnie for Lifetime Achievement
  • Pwnie for Epic Ownage

Comex Wins “Best Client Side Bug” Pwnie for JailbreakMe 3.0

19-year young Comex took the “Best Client Side Bug” award for discovering JailbreakMe PDF based exploit in Apple’s iOS. More than 2 million iDevices were jailbroken using JailbreakMe 3.0. Specially the iPad2 users can not forget Comex as his tool was the only one available to jailbreak iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3. Not only he offered the jailbreak but he exposed a serious security hole in Apple’s security which was later patched by Apple in iOS 4.3.4.

Comex exploited a vulnerability in the interpreter for Type 1 font programs in the FreeType library used by Mobile Safari. This exploit is a great example of programming a weird machine to exploit a modern system. Comex used his control over the interpreter to construct a highly sophisticated ROP payload at runtime and bypass the ASLR protection in iOS.

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GeoHot Wins Best Song Award & Sony Given Most Epic Fail Award:

Strange but a Pwnie award for Best Song was given. George Hotz took this award for “His Light it Up” rap song which he made during the Lawsuit against Sony for jailbreaking PS3. While Sony was given the Most Epic FAIL award. Yes we remember the PlayStation Network downtime which was hacked many times by Anonymous. Check out the GeoHot Rap song below:

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