Hackers take over Touch Bar at this year’s Pwn2Own contest

A pair of hackers at this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest have managed to infiltrate a MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar with a message of their own, after finding an exploit for the Safari browser. Although only considered a partial success, the hack did let them gain access to the Touch Bar, earning them $28,000 for their trouble.

The Pwn2Own security conference and competition sees many impressive exploits discovered every year and 2017 is no different. We’ve seen a number of successes (via MacRumors) that have cracked open the Linux Kernel, Adobe Reader, and Microsoft’s Edge browser. A few hacks managed to breach Apple security, too, which is what let one team post their message to the Touch Bar.

Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark used a number of logic bugs to exploit the Safari browser and eventually take root control of the MacOS on a MacBook Pro. While that itself granted them their monetary prize and nine points in the Pwn2Own competition, they impressed onlookers even more by adding a custom message to the Touch Bar which read: “pwned by niklasb and saelo.”

Source: Digital Trends