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29 Feb 12 Google Chrome Hack Contest Offers Up to $1M at CanSecWest Security Conference

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All winners will also receive a Chromebook.

The rules are made clear on the company blog:

“We will issue multiple rewards per category, up to the $1 million limit, on a first-come-first served basis. 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.”

Google was originally going to sponsor Pwn2Own competition, which is also at the CanSecWest security conference. Google withdrew its sponsorship after discovering that contestants are allowed to enter Pwn2Own without having to reveal full exploits or even the bugs used to the vendors. The Chromium team describe Pwn2Own’s policies as “worrisome” and said that “We will therefore be running this alternative Chrome-specific reward program. It is designed to be attractive — not least because it stays aligned with user safety by requiring the full exploit to be submitted to us. We guarantee to send non-Chrome bugs to the appropriate vendor immediately.”

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