By John E. Dunn
17 March 2010
Security company 3Com TippingPoint has jacked up to $100,000 (65,000)
the prize money on offer to anyone able to hack a range of browsers and
mobile devices at the forthcoming CanSecWest security conference.
Running for the fourth year at the event, $40,000 of the Pwn2Own
contest pot will be on offer to entrants that successfully exploit
security vulnerabilities to compromise the top four browsers, Internet
Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari, equivalent to
$10,000 per browser.
To win the money outright, the attacks on IE, Firefox and Chrome must
work while running on a fully-patched Windows 7, while Safari will be
attacked running on OS X Snow Leopard. Brownie points will be gained if
the same flaw works on Vista and XP, although the assumption would be
that this would be highly likely anyway.
To make the contest tougher, attackers can't use third-party plug-ins
such as Adobe Flash on day one of the event. These are often a soft
underbelly, so excluding them raises the bar.
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