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Hacker wins $60,000 prize

A hacker known as Pinkie Pie scored another win in a Google-sponsored contest by uncovering a flaw in the Chrome browser

Hack into Google Chrome, and you could win $60,000, at least if you do it through Google's Pwnium 2 competition.
That's just what happened to a hacker dubbed Pinkie Pie, who won the award on Tuesday by exploiting a security hole in Chrome.
In an effort to shore up its browser's defenses, Google holds the competition to challenge hackers to hack their way through Chrome's security to find previously unknown holes. Tuesday's Pwnium 2 contest was held at the Hack in the Box 2012 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"We're happy to confirm that we received a valid exploit from returning pwner Pinkie Pie," Google announced in a Chromium blog. "This pwn relies on a WebKit Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) compromise to exploit the renderer process and a second bug in the IPC layer to escape the Chrome sandbox. Since this exploit depends entirely on bugs within Chrome to achieve code execution, it qualifies for our highest award level as a 'full Chrome exploit,' a $60,000 prize and free Chromebook."
Google's Chrome team quickly jumped on the exploit as soon as it was discovered, leading to an update to the browser to patch the hole after just 10 hours.

Pinkie Pie also won $60,000 in the first Pwnium competition, held earlier this year.

7 blog comments below

Thanks for your information.
cybersa on Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:01 am
I wish i was good enough at hacking to win money doing it. That'd be great! "what do you do for work?" "oh, i'm a professional hacker." That would be legit!
taytay on Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:09 am
Yay Pinkie Pie!

Knew you had it in you. Hacking is Magic!

deanhills on Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:52 pm
i can't even win a video game tournament for $10... I have no hope. lol
taytay on Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:35 pm
This is insane. I have heard inthe past hackers getting work usually by the people they hacked... Well done
TheLimey on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:27 pm
That is very interesting. Good for Google. If only someone did that for I.E. - oh wait, I.E. has so many holes, company would be broke. Laughing
standready on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:36 pm
Standready wrote:
If only someone did that for I.E. - oh wait, I.E. has so many holes, company would be broke. Laughing

Well said. But then that could be a ploy to use their anti-virus software. I don't trust any of those critters! Twisted Evil
deanhills on Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:45 pm

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