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Break Google's Chrome, Get Up to $2 Million

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Get rich quick. Google just announced its Pwnium 2 contest and if you are able to sweep all price categories, you are going home $2 million richer.

Having recently complained that the notifications of Chrome bugs has somewhat dropped and hinting that Chrome hackers may lose interest in finding new bugs, Google has stepped up not only its bug rewards, but also its Pwnium prize money.

In Pwnium 2, you can participate in the following categories (from the Pwnium 2 blog post):

- $60,000: “Full Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself.
- $50,000: “Partial Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using at least one bug in Chrome itself, plus other bugs. For example, a WebKit bug combined with a Windows kernel bug.
- $40,000: “Non-Chrome exploit”: Flash / Windows / other. Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence that does not use bugs in Chrome. For example, bugs in one or more of Flash, Windows or a driver.
- $Panel decision: “Incomplete exploit”: An exploit that is not reliable, or an incomplete exploit chain. For example, code execution inside the sandbox but no sandbox escape; or a working sandbox escape in isolation. For Pwnium 2, we want to reward people who get “part way” as we could definitely learn from this work. Our rewards panel will judge any such works as generously as we can.

Sure, to collect the $2 million, there is quite a bit of work and luck involved, but even if you just succeed in one of the two top categories, you are likely to walk away with more money in your pocket than the average American household earns in an entire year.

Pwnium 2 will be held on October 10 at the Hack In The Box conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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    lascar30 , August 20, 2012 10:55 PM
    Good luck and have fun.
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    aoneone , August 20, 2012 10:56 PM
    Sign me up.. this is going to be loads of cout
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    kcorp2003 , August 20, 2012 11:56 PM
    Do i have to be there physically in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for this competition?
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    metalmania31 , August 21, 2012 2:32 AM
    There's huge bug, it's missing the bookmarks sidebar. The most glaring bug of all in the Chrome browser.
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    Socialdisorder , August 21, 2012 4:43 AM
    Do guns count?
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    proxy711 , August 21, 2012 4:50 AM
    metalmania31There's huge bug, it's missing the bookmarks sidebar. The most glaring bug of all in the Chrome browser.

    Not sure what you're talking about Chrome's favorite pages can be set up just like firefox.
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    alidan , August 21, 2012 6:15 AM
    break chrome... i can easily do that, i have about 50 tabs in this window, and another 50 in another, soon windows will bsod because of this...

    o wait, an exploit, not just crashing it? well... cant do that...

    really wish they would improve the whole process thing... firefox uses to little and gets slow, chrome uses to many and crashes my computer, there has to be a middle ground.
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    okibrian , August 21, 2012 6:54 AM
    This is easy. I'll just get my wife to use it. She breaks everything! :D 
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    dreamer77dd , August 21, 2012 7:14 AM
    They are upping the game a lot. I wonder if Mozilla will do the same later on?
    Mozilla just doe snot have the cash flow like Google does.
    Competition is great and we benefit from it.
    When things get lazy and boring, nothing really happens.
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    mouse24 , August 21, 2012 7:56 AM
    alidanbreak chrome... i can easily do that, i have about 50 tabs in this window, and another 50 in another, soon windows will bsod because of this...o wait, an exploit, not just crashing it? well... cant do that...really wish they would improve the whole process thing... firefox uses to little and gets slow, chrome uses to many and crashes my computer, there has to be a middle ground.


    If its giving you an actual BSOD chances are its not chrome, its your pc.
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    alidan , August 21, 2012 8:57 AM
    mouse24If its giving you an actual BSOD chances are its not chrome, its your pc.


    no its having well over 150 tabs open. it may take a few hours, but chrome will either crash it self out, or crash so hard that it takes everything else with it.
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    benyeehua , August 21, 2012 10:17 AM
    kcorp2003Do i have to be there physically in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for this competition?

    Yes, and you are welcome to my country, Malaysia O(∩_∩)O~~
    But why not October 11? That my birthday 0.0
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    gilgamex , August 21, 2012 11:14 AM
    alidanno its having well over 150 tabs open. it may take a few hours, but chrome will either crash it self out, or crash so hard that it takes everything else with it.


    Well what in the world are you doing with 150 tabs open? Stop hoarding tabs and streamline your life for chrissake! Hardly a fair evaluation overall with such a rare use of Chrome.
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    kcorp2003 , August 21, 2012 7:35 PM
    benyeehuaYes, and you are welcome to my country, Malaysia O(∩_∩)O~~But why not October 11? That my birthday 0.0


    lol you got extra room for me buddy?
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    alidan , August 21, 2012 10:16 PM
    gilgamexWell what in the world are you doing with 150 tabs open? Stop hoarding tabs and streamline your life for chrissake! Hardly a fair evaluation overall with such a rare use of Chrome.


    ill give you rare, but still not an unfounded complaint. because of the way that it will create a new process for every tab, it will screw with windows.

    firefox, however, i have something like 170 tabs open, and it more or less runs great right now.

    there has to be a middle ground for excessive processes and to few processes.
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    benyeehua , September 1, 2012 11:21 AM
    kcorp2003lol you got extra room for me buddy?

    Yes, as I living in a Hotel, but it is at Melaka, not Kuala Lumpur....