Google Sponsoring up to $1 Million in Rewards for Chrome Exploits at CanSecWest 2012

This year at the CanSecWest security conference, Google will again sponsor rewards for Google Chrome exploits. "To maximize our chances of receiving exploits this year, we've upped the ante. We will directly sponsor up to $1 million worth of rewards in the following under mentioned categories, on a first-come-first served basis," announced Google.This complements and […]

This year at the CanSecWest security conference, Google will again sponsor rewards for Google Chrome exploits. "To maximize our chances of receiving exploits this year, we've upped the ante. We will directly sponsor up to $1 million worth of rewards in the following under mentioned categories, on a first-come-first served basis," announced Google.

This complements and extends Chromium Security Rewards program by recognizing that developing a fully functional exploit is significantly more work than finding and reporting a potential security bug.

Google notes, "There is no splitting of winnings or "winner takes all." We require each set of exploit bugs to be reliable, fully functional end to end, disjoint, of critical impact, present in the latest versions and genuinely "0-day," i.e. not known to us or previously shared with third parties. Contestant's exploits must be submitted to and judged by Google before being submitted anywhere else."

All winners will also receive a Chromebook.

Categories include:

  • "$60,000 - "Full Chrome exploit": Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself.
  • $40,000 - "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 sandbox bug.
  • $20,000 - "Consolation reward, 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. These exploits are not specific to Chrome and will be a threat to users of any web browser. Although not specifically Chrome's issue, we've decided to offer consolation prizes because these findings still help us toward our mission of making the entire web safer," informs Google.

CanSecWest conference will be held March 7-9 2012 at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.