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 20 Mar 2012

Chrome browser hacker got $60 000.


This happened at the Pwnium browser hacking contest, which took place at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver last week.

Russian student Sergey Glazunov won $60,000 for demonstrating his exploit, which was able to bypass Chrome's sandbox, at the hackathon solely focused on Chrome hacks.

Under the rules of the competition, Glazunoy was able to claim the prize for demonstrating a full Chrome exploit on a fully-patched system. Google was willing to pay out a total of $1 million in the competition.

So, Sergey Glazunov received congratulations for the first submission to Pwnium and Google has updated its Chrome browser.

Sergey Glazunov is a student from city Tyumen, which is located in Siberia. Normally students do not study such subject as hacking software. It looks like Sergey made a great effort in his self education.

But Glazunoy is not the only hacker that has defeated Chrome's feted security features.

Google's Chrome was the first browser to fall at the annual browser hackathon, Pwn2Own, which is running in parallel with Pwnium. A security group from France, VuPen Security, demonstrated a sandbox exploit within five minutes of the competition's start – though, by the end of the first day, teams had successfully demonstrated hacks against Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox.

Google had withdrawn its sponsorship for Pwn2Own and set up the rival competition after realizing it wouldn't get the full details on some of the exploits being shown off at Pwn2Own.

Google won't be able to patch the browser until it confirms how the exploit worked.

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