Posted on: October 13, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The Hacker Mind Podcast: Hacking the Chrome Sandbox

Robert Vamosi


October 13, 2020

In 1994, the first commercial internet browser was released. Netscape Navigator went on to be eclipsed by Internet Explore, Safari, Firefox, and now Chrome, but it helped kick start the internet-focused world we live in today. And along with that we’ve also learned a lot about browser security.

No matter how strong we build our browsers, that does not prevent hackers from trying to break new things. In this episode, one researcher explains how he successfully escaped the Chrome sandbox, and how bug bounties must just be a good thing resulting in better security for us all. 

Listen to EP 07: Hacking the Chrome Sandbox

Vamosi: On October 13, 1994, the first commercial web browser launched, and, yeah, I was one of the first people in line at Fry’s in Palo Alto to get my copy of Netscape Navigator. It required that I install PPP which stands for Point to Point Protocol, which was missing in native Windows 3.1. But once I added that, I could then surf the web — all 500 websites of it. 

One year after Netscape Navigator launched, Microsoft released, as part of Windows 95, a browser called Internet Explorer, launching the infamous browser wars. In the end, Netscape would be sold to AOL and … well, disappear. But the talent that created Netscape became Mozilla which launched FireFox. Along the