All three major Web browsers —  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari — failed to survive the hacker onslaught at this year’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest.

A security researcher named “Nils” (he declined to provide his full name) performed a clean drive-by download attack against the world’s most widely used browser to take full control of a Sony Vaio machine running Windows 7.  He also scored hits against Firefox and Safari.

Charlie Miller also performed a successful drive-by exploit against Safari to win a new MacBook machine.

ALSO SEE: Pwn2Own 2009: Safari/MacBook falls in seconds [] and this Techmeme discussion.

Categories: Vulnerabilities