[Noisebridge-discuss] Google bets $20, 000 you cant crack into Chrome
jake at spaz.org
Fri Feb 4 00:12:45 UTC 2011
Must be done in 30 minutes or less using only Google-written code
Google is so confident in the security of its Chrome Web browser that its
willing to pony up $20,000 to anyone who can hack into it.
The bet will take place as part of the Pwn2Own contest at next months
CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Contestants will
receive $20,000 and a new CR-48 Chrome notebook computer if they
successfully exploit the browser.
The stipulations of the prize are that the hacker in 30 minutes or less
must carry out the Chrome crack using only Google-written code on the
Windows 7 or Mac OS X operating systems.
If there are no successful cracks on the competitions first day, hackers
will get a second chance using non-Google code, and still be eligible for
$10,000 from HP Tipping Point, the contest sponsor, and $10,000 from
Google. Plug-ins using PDF software not built in to the browser are not
Google is able to confidently put its money where its mouth is because
Chromes simplicity has kept it safe from the cyberattacks that commonly
affect its peers.
Chrome is the only browser that contains built-in "sandbox" protection, a
safeguard that isolates a corrupted program and prevents it from spreading
throughout an entire system.
The 2010 competition, which pitted hackers against Chrome as well as
Safari, Internet Explorer 8 and the iPhone, saw only Chrome standing at
the end of the battle.
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