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Google’s Pwnium pays $60,000 to hacker for breaching Chrome browser

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Google’s Pwnium pays $60,000 to hacker for breaching Chrome browser
Proving that Google will pursue just about any opportunity to shore up vulnerabilities in their platforms, the search giant paid out $60,000 to the hacker known as “Pinkie Pie” who successfully exploited Google’s Chrome browser at “Pwnium 2” at the Hack in the Box 2012 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pinkie Pie was able to exploit and attack against two vulnerabilities in the browser. The first was related to the browser’s WebKit Scalable Vector Graphics functions which allowed him to compromise the renderer process. The second was a bug in the IPC layer.

The image displayed on a compromised computer after it was successfully hacked by Pinkie Pie during the first Pwnium competition in March. Image from Ars Technica.

The image displayed on a compromised computer after it was successfully hacked by Pinkie Pie during the first Pwnium competition in March. Image from Ars Technica.

Because these exploitations were rooted entirely on vulnerabilities within the Chrome browser, it qualified for Google’s highest award as a “full Chrome exploit” worth $60,000 and a free Chrombook. More impressive than the payout, was Google’s response to the vulnerabilities.  A crack team of engineers coded a patch and the company claims it deployed the fix across its platforms in less than 10 hours after Pwnium 2 was concluded.  That is light-speed compared to bug and security fixes reaching other browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

sources: The Chromium Blog, Ars Technica

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posted on 12 Oct 2012, 15:59 32

1. The_Innovation (Posts: 556; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


With all due respect, Google doesn't f*** around.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 16:02 3

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I wish they also pay out MS for using their patents that quickly...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 17:01 10

4. JuAli (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Google Rules!!

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 17:55 1

6. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


URRRDURRRRHUUURRRRR HURRRR

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 23:33 3

15. sdcard_hater (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This community f**king sucks ass

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 03:04 1

17. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


No just the apple fanatics and android zealots, everyone else is pretty much fine on their own account.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 09:18

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Pretty much....lol.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:24 1

21. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


if it is about Android/Google, G-King will find a way to 'down' it...the idiot has been on here for over a year spreading misinformation....

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 17:13 6

5. metalpoet (unregistered)


Hell yeah!!!! God i wish i was a hacker that way google could pay me out lol

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 19:08 4

10. The_Innovation (Posts: 556; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Can you imagine? That's a decent salary right there. 60K, just like that.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 16:00 5

2. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Wow! Nice story.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 18:23 6

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Google f**king rocks. ;)

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 18:24 19

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


That's why i buy google products.

Apple would have sued the hackers. Js

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 19:20 2

12. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I could swear Apple has a patent on this process, and a gag order on the details which you just let fly...

Are you prepared to have your home and office raided by the Govenment... on behalf of Apple of course...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 20:28 1

13. ibap (Posts: 694; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


No, but they'd have spent a month denying the problem existed, and then announced an OS update - no bug fixes, just improvements.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 18:33 7

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm here just to say...
That pony is cute!!! :D

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 09:22 2

20. StreetNerd (Posts: 705; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


ok .

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 19:16

11. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


JOIN THE HORDE!

man... it should have been rainbow dash that won...

i like the picture

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 22:49 7

14. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


If this was apple,they would sued for 60,000 and tooken his laptop LOL

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 23:34

16. sdcard_hater (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Pony spamming sucks ass, keep it to your own self offline, or go watch The Cell, the part where a horse gets sliced by glass blade, a metaphorically way of saying "Ponies sucks"

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 09:16

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Pinkie Pie was able to exploit and attack against two vulnerabilities in the browser. The first was related to the browser’s WebKit Scalable Vector Graphics functions which allowed him to compromise the renderer process."

Webkit....doesnt this help Apple in a round about way too?

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