TippingPoint offers hackers $100,000 for browser and phone exploits.
Security company 3Com TippingPoint has jacked up to $100,000 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.