Charlie Miller (security researcher)

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Charlie Miller
Miller speaking at Truman State University
Alma materNortheast Missouri State, University of Notre Dame
Known forPwn2Own contest winner
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
ThesisNew Types of Soliton Solutions in Nonlinear Evolution Equations (2000)
Doctoral advisorMark S. Alber

Charles Alfred Miller is an American computer security researcher with Cruise Automation.[1][2] Prior to his current employment, he spent five years working for the National Security Agency and has worked for Uber.[3]


Miller holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in philosophy from the then called Northeast Missouri State, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. He lives in Wildwood, Missouri.[1]

Security research[edit]

As of 2007 Miller was a lead analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, a computer protection consultancy.[4] He has publicly demonstrated many security exploits of Apple products. In 2008, he won a $10,000 cash prize at the hacker conference Pwn2Own in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for being the first to find a critical bug in the MacBook Air.[5][6] In 2009, he won $5,000 for cracking Apple's Safari browser.[7] Also in 2009, he and Collin Mulliner demonstrated an SMS processing vulnerability that allowed for complete compromise of the Apple iPhone and denial-of-service attacks on other phones. In 2011, he found a security hole in the iPhone and iPad, whereby an application can contact a remote computer to download new unapproved software that can execute any command that could steal personal data or otherwise using iOS applications functions for malicious purposes. As a proof of concept, Miller created an application called Instastock that was approved by Apple's App Store. He then informed Apple about the security hole, who promptly expelled him from the App Store.[8]

Miller participated in research on discovering security vulnerabilities in NFC (Near Field Communication).[9]

Miller, along with Chris Valasek, is known for remotely hacking a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and controlling the braking, steering, and acceleration of the vehicle.[10]


  • iOS Hacker Handbook[11]
  • The Mac Hacker's Handbook[12]
  • Fuzzing for Software Security Testing and Quality Assurance[13]
  • Battery firmware hacking: inside the innards of a smart battery[14]


  1. ^ a b "Wildwood man is renowned for hacking, cybersecurity skills". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 18, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Menn, Joseph (24 August 2015). "Security researcher who hacked moving Jeep leaves Twitter". Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ O'Harrow Jr, Robert (June 2, 2012). "Understanding cyberspace is key to defending against digital attacks". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "We hacked into Apple's iPhone, claim security researchers". The Guardian. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  5. ^ "MacBook Air first to fall in hacking contest vs Vista and Linux". The Guardian. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  6. ^ "Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest". Macworld. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  7. ^ Schofield, Jack (18 March 2009). "Pwn2Own 2009: Mac falls in seconds". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  8. ^ Lowensohn, Josh. "Apple boots security guru who exposed iPhone exploit". CNET. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Andy (2012-07-25). "DARPA-Funded Researcher Can Take Over Android And Nokia Phones By Merely Waving Another Device Near Them". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  10. ^ Greenberg, Andy (2015-07-21). "Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It". Wired. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  11. ^ Miller, Charlie. (2012). IOS Hacker's Handbook. Blazakis, Dion., DaiZovi, Dino., Esser, Stefan., Iozzo, Vincenzo., Weinmann, Ralf-Philip. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-24075-5. OCLC 815648715.
  12. ^ Miller, Charles, 1951- (2009). The Mac hacker's handbook. Dai Zovi, Dino. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-48147-9. OCLC 320957610.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Takanen, Ari. (2008). Fuzzing for software security testing and quality assurance. Demott, Jared D., Miller, Charles, 1951-. Boston: Artech House. ISBN 978-1-59693-215-9. OCLC 568023386.
  14. ^ Miller, Charlie (2011-07-12). "Battery Firmware Hacking: Inside the innards of a Smart Battery" (PDF). BlackHat.

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