Coming up next month, March 9-11 2011 is the Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver, Canada; And Google is waving around a challenge.
For the last 2 years, Google’s “Chrome” web browser is the only one of the 4 major browsers to walk away from this competition without getting its ass kicked and now Google is offering up not only $20,000 but a CR-48 laptop, as well, for anyone who can hack their browser.
The challenge works like this: Find a bug in Chrome’s code and use it to allow you to “exit the sandbox” (a reference to the “sandbox” model of computer security) during the first day of the competition.
For those who aren’t able to complete that task, there is a second challenge on days 2 and 3 of the competition wherein Google is offering $10,000 (which is being matched by the contest organisers for a total of $20,000 yet again) for anyone who can exit the sandbox using non-google code.
If you ask me, that takes some pretty major sack. For Google to dangle their dongles over a pit of hungry nerds and offer $20k to anyone who can take a comp shows some pretty serious confidence in their product.
Well, you know what they say…third time’s a charm. Will Chrome fall this year?
We’ll soon find out.