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Google says it will pay $2.7 million to anyone who'll hack Chrome OS

New Delhi: Google has announced to award a total of $2.7 million to anyone who could expose a security bug in Chrome OS as well as Chrome browser at its upcoming Pwnium 4 competition.Google's Pwnium
India TV News Desk January 27, 2014 16:45 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Google has announced to award a total of $2.7 million to anyone who could expose a security bug in Chrome OS as well as Chrome browser at its upcoming Pwnium 4 competition.

Google's Pwnium 4 competition will be conducted at CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver in March this year. At the Pwnium 4, researchers would be allowed to choose between Intel- or ARM-powered laptops, while last year, they had to try to crack a Chromebook with an Intel processor.

According to PC World, hackers would be paid prizes of $110,000 and $150,000 for exploiting the Chrome OS, and the highest bounty would be rewarded to those who deliver an exploit able to persistently compromise a Hewlett-Packard or Acer Chromebook.

Last year Google put $3.14159 million in the contest, but paid out just $40,000 to a prolific hacker who goes by "Pinkie Pie," the contest's sole participant, for what Google later called a partial exploit.

Google said that it would consider larger bonuses to researchers who demonstrated a "particularly impressive or surprising exploit," like one that could circumvent kASLR, a new variant of the better-known ASLR anti-exploit technology used by Apple, Microsoft and Chrome OS.

The report said that for hackers to qualify for the prizes or bonuses, they must provide functional exploit code and details on all the vulnerabilities put into play.