Google to Give Away $1 Million for Chrome Exploits

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:21

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Google announced recently that it will be sponsoring up to $1 million USD to give people who find exploits in their new Chrome browser. All "winners" will receive a free Chromebook, as well as some hefty cash prizes:

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$60,000 - “Full Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using only bugs in Chrome itself.

$40,000 - “Partial Chrome exploit”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence using at least one bug in Chrome itself, plus other bugs. For example, a WebKit bug combined with a Windows sandbox bug.

$20,000 - “Consolation reward, Flash / Windows / other”: Chrome / Win7 local OS user account persistence that does not use bugs in Chrome. For example, bugs in one or more of Flash, Windows or a driver. These exploits are not specific to Chrome and will be a threat to users of any web browser. Although not specifically Chrome’s issue, we’ve decided to offer consolation prizes because these findings still help us toward our mission of making the entire web safer.

This is fairly typical of Google, and they've been doing competitions like this for quite some time. Not a bad prize if you can win it, though. Participate and read more about the competition here, and read the original announcement here