(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Think you can hack into Google’s Chrome OS? If so, Google is offering a pretty big payout.
On Thursday, the tech giant announced that at the Pwnium 4 event, they will be offering a total of $2.71828 million USD for anyone who can hack into the security of Chrome OS.
“Security is a core tenet of Chromium, which is why we hold regular competitions to learn from security researchers,” states a post on The Chromium Blog. “Contests like Pwnium help us make Chromium even more secure. This year Pwnium 4 will once again set sights on Chrome OS.”
New this year, Google is allowing competitors to choose between the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi) and the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB WiFi), both devices being ran on current versions of Chrome OS.
A top prize of $150,000 will be awarded to anyone who can “compromise with device persistence” and $110,000 for a compromise in browser or system-level guest mode or logged-in user.
Additionally, Google will be consider awarding bonuses for individuals who demonstrate “a particularly impressive or surprising exploit”, such as “defeating kASLR, exploiting memory corruption in the 64-bit browser process or exploiting the kernel directly from a renderer process.”
Pwnium 4 will take place in March at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada.
The official rules for the competition can be found here.