By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
26th February 2009
An annual hacker competition planned for next month has setting its
sights on Apple's iPhone and four other smart phones in a contest that
will pay cash prizes of $10,000 to anyone who can break in to the mobile
The contest will present contestants with phones running the Android,
Symbian, and Windows Mobile operating systems as well a BlackBerry and
an iPhone. To qualify for the $10,000 prize, hackers must submit
exploits that work against email, SMS test, website browsing, and "other
general actions a normal user would take while using the device,"
according to these rules published 3Com's TippingPoint unit, the
competition's sponsor. All devices will be fully patched.
A second-track of the competition will challenge hackers to take their
best shots at web browsers. Internet Explorer 8, Firefox, and Google
Chrome will be running on a Sony Vaio running Windows 7, and Safari and
Firefox will be installed on a MacBook running OS X. Successful exploits
in this track will net $5,000 per bug.
This is the third year of the Pwn2Own contest, scheduled for March 18-20
at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Last year, a brand-new MacBook air was the first to fall during day two
of the competition, which pitted the Mac against high-end laptops
running Linux and Microsoft's vista. Charlie Miller of Independent
Security Evaluators said at the time that he picked OS X because he
thought it was the easiest.
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