Friday, February 22, 2013

Google fixes Critical Chrome Seccurity Flaws Ahead of Hacking Contest

Google has updated its Chrome browser to version 25 just two weeks ahead of the annual Pwn2Own browser-hacking contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, in early March.

The updated Chrome now takes care of nine critical security flaws and 12 other bugs ahead of the competition..

It may be added for information that Pwn2Own, now in its seventh year, pits some of the world's best hackers against the defenses of Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Apple's Safari.

The first contestant to crack Chrome on Windows 7 will net $100,000 in U.S. currency, a sum matched only by the reward for cracking IE 10 on Windows 8. (The other Web browsers, including IE 9 on Windows 7, are considered somewhat less secure and offer smaller cash prizes.)

While the first contestant will get something in six figures, it is interesting to note that Google has reportedly paid only $3,500 to independent researchers for the fixes pushed out in this week's update, which included several patches for memory-corruption flaws.

Read more about it at: Tech News


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