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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.
TippingPoint offers hackers $100,000 for browser and phone exploits | Security Central - InfoWorld
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|19 Mar 2010||#2|
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I'm not sure if I applaud this effort or not. While it is a Good Thing to find flaws in the various browsers, I'm concerned by the part in the article that says:
...the contest is really a clever way of marketing TippingPoint's controversial Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) scheme, under which researchers are paid to find exploits which are then added to the intrusion detection engines from which the company makes much of its living.
At the time of its launch in 2005, the ZDI was criticised by rival vendors and some independent voices as tantamount to encouraging people to sell exploits uncovered to the highest bidder, in this case, 3Com's TippingPoint division.TippingPoint points out that all exploits discovered through the Pwn2Own contest will be disclosed to the vendors concerned as well as being added to its own database.
<sigh> I guess we'll just have to live with it.
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