[ISN] Hackers offered $100,000 for browser and phone exploits

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:51:29 -0600 (CST)

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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Received on Wed Mar 17 2010 - 23:51:29 PDT

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