Pwn2Own and Pwnium 3 Details Announced – Competitions Offer Big Bucks for Hacking Skills
HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) announces details for the annual Pwn2Own competition.
Pwn2Own 2013 will be held at the CanSecWest security conference March 6-8 in Vancouver, BC. This year, HP ZDI is offering rewards for vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques in the following categories.
- Google Chrome on Windows 7 (US$ 100,000)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer – either IE 10 on Windows 8 (US$ 100,000) or IE 9 on Windows 7 (US$ 75,000)
- Mozilla Firefox on Windows 7 (US$ 60,000)
- Apple Safari on OS X Mountain Lion (US$ 65,000)
Web browser plugins using Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7:
- Adobe Reader XI (US$ 70,000)
- Adobe Flash (US$ 70,000)* Oracle Java (US$ 20,000)
Also this year, Google worked with ZDI on the Pwn2Own rules and will be underwriting a portion of the winnings. According to the Chromium blog, the new rules enable “a contest that significantly improves Internet security for everyone.”
Additionally, Google has announced another competition – Pwnium 3 – with rewards totaling up to US$ 3.14159 million for vulnerabilities in Chrome OS. The categories and reward for this competition are:
- US$ 110,000 for a browser- or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
- US$ 150,000 for a compromise with device persistence – guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.
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