Pwn2Own 2011: Google Offer $20,000 for Successful Cr-48 Chrome OS Sandbox Exploit

Google is offering a $20,000 cash prize for any hacker who can successfully compromise a Cr-48 Chrome Notebook via a vulnerability -- and sandbox escape -- in its Chrome web browser.The prize is part of this year's CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest, which will pit some of the world's best security researchers and exploit writers against popular […]

Google is offering a $20,000 cash prize for any hacker who can successfully compromise a Cr-48 Chrome Notebook via a vulnerability -- and sandbox escape -- in its Chrome web browser.

Chrome CR-48

The prize is part of this year's CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest, which will pit some of the world's best security researchers and exploit writers against popular web browsers and mobile devices.

Offering cash for exposing vulnerabilities isn't anything new for Google, of course. The Big G just paid one developer $7,500 for finding a trio of vulnerabilities in Chrome back in January.

According to TippingPoint ZDI, the contest sponsor, a successful Chrome hack "must include a sandbox escape," which means that a privilege escalation vulnerability may have to be combined with another security hole to cause full system compromise.

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