Google Chrome Pwn2Own Browser Hacking Contest

Who wants to win $20K? If you answered I do then keep reading because this is the amazing prize fund up for grabs at this year’s Pwn2Own Browser Hacking Contest. This sum will be paid by Google to the first person that will successfully hack its Chrome Browser, Making Google the first browser vendor to put funds into the prize money.This prize fund is the largest it’s ever been, since it started five years ago.

In this event (which is being sponsored by TippingPoint) the would be hackers will be trying to bring down the most common browser’s out there such as Apple’s Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If successful the first people to hack each one of these browser’s will receive $15k, in order to pick up the top prize of $20k on day one the hackers must find and exploit two vulnerabilities in Chrome.

Though the prize is big it looks as though you are going to have to work really hard for it as Chrome has still not been exploited (largely down to its use of a sandbox). This is the only browser of the four that uses this anti exploit defence, which makes it so difficult to crack. Charlie Miller who is the only person to win prizes at this event three years running, was heard on Twitter saying “Pwn2own now offering 20k for attack on Chrome,” “Must be hard, glad Mac OS X doesn’t sandbox their browser.” You can read his thoughts along with the rules over at Computerworld.com.

If this isn’t your thing but you still fancy trying your hand at hacking there is a mobile cracking contest being held at the same event, where you can put your wits up against handsets such as BlackBerry Torch (running BlackBerry 6 OS) and the Dell Venue Pro (running windows 7). To see all handsets involved read this post by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes from Zdnet.com.

Some people look at hacking as being wrong while others could argue that it allows companies to test whether their new phone or piece of software is secure and not exploitable. Google are largely involved in this event, is this a good sign? Possibly telling us that hackers are not to be hated but loved and used to help improve its products.

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