This March Google will be holding a contest for hackers to compete and find secruity flaws in it's Chrome OS software. Pwnium 4 will be held at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada. Google will pay a total $2.71828 million to hackers who can find security weaknesses in its Chrome OS software on the following levels:
- $110,000 USD: browser or system-level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user, delivered via a web page.
- $150,000 USD: compromise with device persistence: guest to guest with interim reboot, delivered via a web page.
Past Pwnium competitions have focused on Intel-based Chrome OS devices, but this year researchers can choose between an ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi), or the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB WiFi) that is based on the Intel Haswell microarchitecture. The attack must be demonstrated against one of these devices running the then-current stable version of Chrome OS.