Hack Chrome And Get A CR48 Notebook and $20000 In Prize

Cr48 Notebook

The 5th annual Pwn2Own competition is here. Current Champions, Google Chrome from Google is back with a good prize for participants, $20,000 and a CR48.

Cr48 is not a target in this competition. Hackers will have to break chrome browser on windows 7 machines to win and CR48 notebook is only a part of the prize.  Here is the highlight from the blogpost.

Google CR-48 running ChromeOS (no attacks against this device, it is merely a prize. The Chrome target will be running on the other laptops)

As for Chrome, the contest will be a two-part one. On day 1, Google will offer $20,000 USD and the CR-48 if a contestant can pop the browser and escape the sandbox using vulnerabilities purely present in Google-written code. If competitors are unsuccessful, on day 2 and 3 the ZDI will offer $10,000 USD for a sandbox escape in non-Google code and Google will offer $10,000 USD for the Chrome bug. Either way, plugins other than the built-in PDF support are out of scope.

so, ready for hacking ? Anyone here competing in this  ? πŸ™‚

thanks thechromesource

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • James 04/02/2011, 12:20 am  ξ˜‰

    Oooo, Pwn2Own time! I don’t know that much about it but I always like to see the results. What does the name mean?

    • chrome story 14/03/2011, 1:46 pm  ξ˜‰

      couldn’t find anything .. may be something like, hack to own it ?

      • Windy 25/05/2011, 10:08 pm  ξ˜‰

        pwn (po-n) is gamer’s slang, possibly deriving from the phrase “you got owned” – careless mmoers hit the p, and thus pwned entered the world. Now we have the related words pwn and pwnage (the act of being pwned), and possibly others. Officially considered a part of 1337 (leet-speak), although the officials don’t know anything. Can be written in all caps (PWN), but never capitalized (Pwn), as it is computer-slang.

        You can find out more information from wikipedia.

        • James 25/05/2011, 10:19 pm  ξ˜‰

          Yes, I was wondering if it had something to do with being ‘owned’. Anyway, I was pronouncing it more like “pwun”. I’m presuming that it is like “pone” or “pown”, in which the ‘o’ is a long ‘o’ (as in “own”).

          On the capitalisation, isn’t the official name of the competition “Pwn2Own”?

          • Windy 26/05/2011, 12:15 am 


            The style of capitalizing the first letter of separate words when writing them without spaces is more of a hacker thing, because some operating systems (eg, all early forms, lol) don’t allow spaces in filenames. This would override the rules of teh gamerz slang, especially in a advertising-to-hackers-and-crackers context.

            and yeah, I meant to go look up the proper pronunciation characters …but I got distracted. Sorry. Yes. It rhymes with “own” and “clone”.

            Did you know that you can download the entirety of Wikipedia to your Google Chrome enabled device? It’s like having the Hitchhiker’s Guide or something…

          • James 26/05/2011, 12:43 am 

            To be honest, I prefer the PascalCase version to lowercase. The other important use of PascalCase and camalCase is in programming, since virtually no language allows spaces in identifiers. Underscore is allowed most of the time, but looks ugly and is rarely the convention.

            MedialCapitals have lots of names; look up camalCase on Wikipedia. I think PascalCase and camalCase are used by MSDN for .Net, which was the first family of programming languages I learnt thoroughly. I can’t believe I’m using Microsoft conventions on a browser blog!

            Downloading all of Wikipedia; isn’t it quite big? I suppose if you get the basic design it cuts quite a bit out.

          • James 26/05/2011, 12:44 am 

            NB: the terms are used on MSDN.

  • Windy 26/05/2011, 2:38 am  ξ˜‰

    So then you knew why they did that? Somewhat unfair. /me shall go and research what you said.

    I hear the Wikipedia download thing was compressed to under 4gbs. There’s almost no images, it’s formatted and decorated entirely through HTML5. You can start accessing pages as soon as they are downloaded, and then when it’s finished downloading it’s totally offline. I think the program might have been written by a 16-year-old… maybe he hasn’t updated his bio in a while. Anyway, here’s the blog post I read about it at.


    • James 26/05/2011, 10:34 pm  ξ˜‰

      Well, sort of. I didn’t particularly know that was why they used PascalCase, or that it would override 1337.

  • ralph lauren big pony 31/05/2011, 11:12 am  ξ˜‰

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