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“Hack me If You Can” Says Chrome OS! (And Win Up to $2 Million)

Pwnium 4 is here. This year Pwnium 4 will once again set sights on Chrome OS, and will be hosted in March at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver.

Highlights from the official announcement:

With a total of $2.71828 million USD in the pot (mathematical constant e for the geeks at heart), we’ll issue Pwnium rewards for eligible Chrome OS exploits at the following levels: 

  • $110,000 USD: browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
  • $150,000 USD: compromise with device persistence: guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.

New this year, we will also consider significant bonuses for demonstrating a particularly impressive or surprising exploit. Potential examples include defeating kASLR, exploiting memory corruption in the 64-bit browser process or exploiting the kernel directly from a renderer process. 

Past Pwnium competitions have focused on Intel-based Chrome OS devices, but this year researchers can choose between an ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi), or the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB WiFi) that is based on the Intel Haswell microarchitecture. The attack must be demonstrated against one of these devices running the then-current stable version of Chrome OS. 

If you are not a security researcher or a developer, this may not be an exciting news for you. But wait for the results where we will see how Chrome OS and Chromebooks perform.

Stay tuned!

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