Feeds

Noooo... WAIT. Google slaps on Chrome patches ahead of Pwn2Own hackfest

Hackers break IE11 and Firefox, hand $82k to charity

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Pwn2Own Google trowelled plaster over seven security cracks in Chrome on Tuesday, a day before the browser became one of the targets at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition.

The latest cross platform security update for Chrome fixed four "high" severity flaws and three lesser bugs.

Three of the four high profile bugs were discovered by independent researchers, who earned $8,000 for their efforts, while the final vulnerability was discovered internally by Google. Use-after-free flaws were a common factor in three of the four vulnerabilities, none of which were bad enough to earn the dreaded rating of "critical".

The Pwn2Own hacking competition kicked off on Wednesday during the first day of the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. French vulnerability brokers Vupen Security proved to be the stars of the exercise, cashing in four times by demonstrating successful exploits against Adobe Reader XI, Adobe Flash, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 11 on Win 8.1. Independent researchers Mariusz Mlynski and Jüri Aedla exploited vulns in Mozilla Firefox.

The five successful attempts earned payouts of $400,000 to researchers in the main competition and $82,500 to charity in the Pwn4Fun sponsors-only event, according to the organisers (runners and riders here).

Vupen Security chief exec, Chaouki Bekrar, said it was handing over the exploits it developed to affected vendors, a break from Vupen's normal business practice of making exploits available only to its government intel agency and other clients.

HP TippingPoint's Pwn2Own competition has been running since 2007. The parallel Google-funded Pwnium has been running in parallel since 2011.

Pwn2Own challenges security researchers to develop browser and software exploits in order to hack into PCs. Target systems include Windows and Mac machines running Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The competition, so named because winners get to keep the kit they successfully exploit, continues on Thursday. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people
U-turn on vow to identify killer cop after fingering wrong bloke
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.