Google Giving Away $1 Million For Hackers To Find Flaws In Chrome

Google is passionate about how secure their web browser Google Chrome is. The search engine company is also paying a reward to keep their browser secure. Google told attendees at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver that starting next month they will offer $1 million in cash and Chromebooks in exchange for finding some flaws.

“The aim of our sponsorship is simple: we have a big learning opportunity when we receive full end-to-end exploits. Not only can we fix the bugs, but by studying the vulnerability and exploit techniques we can enhance our mitigations, automated testing, and sandboxing. This enables us to better protect our users,” said the Google Chrome security team in a blog post.

Here is how the prizes are categorized:

$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.

[Google Chrome Blog]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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