Vupen develops Windows 8 zero-day exploit just days after the new OS rolls out but won’t tell anyone what it is

// November 2nd, 2012 // Hacking and Security


You’ve probably heard of the firm Vupen – the French security research company that often times seems to be run by 10-year-olds. Just days after the launch of Windows 8, Vupen is claiming that they have already developed a reliable zero-day exploit against the new OS. As usual, Vupen will not release details of the exploit (they sell the exploits they develop to Western government agencies and deliberately avoids sharing vulnerability details with vendors).

Vupen boasted on Twitter:

“We welcome #Windows 8 with various 0Ds combined to pwn all new Win8/IE10 exploit mitigations.”

Vupen says the exploit allows the hacker to take over Windows 8 machines running Internet Explorer 10.

According to The Register:

“Windows 8 offers improved exploit mitigation technologies including DEP (Data Execution Prevention), ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) while IE10 bundles improved sandboxing. Getting over these extra hurdles is no mean feat and doesn’t necessarily mean that exploits and malware from mainstream hackers will flood cyberspace anytime soon.”


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