New Google Chrome OS Bug Bounty Offers Winners A Pi Full Of Cash

It seems that search engine giant Google has a thing about the word Pi at the moment – yesterday they announced that they were giving away 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers to UK schools and now they have a new bug bounty program that relates to the phrase too.

For those of you who don’t know, Pi is found by dividing 22 by 7 and gives the answer below:


From that figure Google have come up with a prize fund of $3.14159 million for cracking their Chrome OS.

If you think you are up for the challenge then your opportunity to prove your skills will come on March 7th at the CanSecWest security conference that is being held in Vancouver, Canada.

Known as Pwnium 3, the competition offers several individual prizes ranging from $110,000 to $150,000:

  • $110,000 is offered for compromising either Chrome or Chrome OS from an exploit-serving website
  • $150,000 is the bounty for compromise with device persistence, i.e. the attack survices a reboot of the Chrome OS notebook

Whilst the prizes on offer here are considerable and well worth going for it is probably worth considering that Google are highly unlikely to pay out anything like the whole $3.14159 million on offer – the previous Pwnium 2 saw only $120,000 paid out.

If you still think you can bag a large amount of cash by exploiting Chrome OS then it is likely that the full rules will appear on the Chromium Security ( page in due course.

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