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Google has announced the target for its third Pwnium hacking contest, to be held at this year's CanSecWest security conference, with $3.14159m in prize money for the researchers who can successfully crack its Chrome OS operating system. And yes, that figure is derived from the first six digits of π. The contest, to be held on …

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Anonymous Coward

I had to read that 2.71828 times

because I didn't understand it initially.

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Re: I had to read that 2.71828 times

Why isn't it $3.141593 million? Is this some kind of MapReduce optimisation gone horribly wrong? Maybe there's a $3 administration fee? There's no cents to it.

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Re: I had to read that 2.71828 times

Good find! Should be:

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$3,141,592.65 then (or USD 3.141.592,65 for those on the continent)

</pedantic mode>

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Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

I assume it uses Chrome?

Therefore all you need to 'crack it' is to write a bit of stuff that turns off the 'install by default' when it tries to come in as a payload on the back of some other cruftware without the user having to uncheck the checkbox.

Otherwise..

I don't know, some sort of script or bat file that tells the hosts file not to download the wart if it tries and redirects the download to a local .txt file containing 'You have not downloaded Chrome'. Rather than ending up with 108MB of spunk smeared on your hard drive and a Chrome Icon on the desktop that some idiot is going to go and click then go 'Muh-Huh' when it asks if you want it to be the default browser and loads up multiple copies of the Yahoo!/Ask/ETC/ETC toolbars.

Yes.. Yes.. I know 'you' do not suffer from such problems but your Mum/Granddad/GeneralPubic does.

http://en.tengrinews.kz/finance/Google-2012-revenue-hits-50-billion-profits-up--16236/

$Pi Million when they made $50 billion last year. What's the problem? Can't they attract the staff these days?

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Trollface

Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

It's good advertising, pure and simple.

Implicitly, they are saying that Microsoft would never dare do that kind of contest with their software...

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Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

Methinks your rant is massively misdirected.

I can't blame Google or Adobe when some software tries to make money with back door installs of unrelated software.

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FAIL

Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

I don't think that a bat file will cause many problems on a *nix based OS.

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Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

Wow - it's so easy.

Heck, the only reason you're not entering is, I assume, that the $110, 000 just isn't enough to warrant the effort of getting out of bed?

However, you can get the prize several times so you could make multi-variants of the 'crack' and romp home. Let us know how it goes...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

People know Windows, it does get hacked along with OSX every year in a competition.

Incidentally it is always the browser that they tend to exploit to get access. Given ChromeOS is big on the browser I can imagine it will get hacked easily once people get familiar with it (most people think it is a big waste of time and so don't even look at it).

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Megaphone

Can they not just fix the memory leaks in the Chorme browser itself first?

Sorry, forgot they did an OS called Chrome when I clicked on the article & by then I was already in rant mode.

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Coat

$3.14159 million

You could buy a lot of pies with that amount of money.

(The one with 3.14159 old pie wrappers in the pocket)

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Boffin

Pi?

Or just that old favourite 355/113?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Re: Pi?

Bah! The truly lazy engineer uses 22/7, (also it's Pi approximation day.)

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Re: Pi?

Pi = 3**

**for sufficiently large values of 3.

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Anonymous Coward

Still 6.02214 x 10E23 Windows Vulnerabilities

Would cost MS a fortune if they ran a competition.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Still 6.02214 x 10E23 Windows Vulnerabilities

Not to mention Linux and any open source libraries as well, if a vulnerability is out in the open and not patched you can exploit it.

The original PSP was hacked using some libpng exploit.

If more people used Linux on the desktop there would be loads more exploits, but given so few people do use it then it's obvious it isn't worth spending time and money trying to create malware due to lack of return on investment.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Still 6.02214 x 10E23 Windows Vulnerabilities

Eadon, is that you?

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Anonymous Coward

Yawn..

Obligatory XKCD reference.

Not being hacked by a specific set of people with a specific set of skills is no evidence of security per sé, but it sure is very good marketing..

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Pint

Rip off

What happened to the missing $2.65?

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Re: Rip off

They need that for their tax bill

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Fixed it for you

"We believe these larger rewards reflect the additional challenge involved with tackling the security defenses of Chrome OS, compared to traditional operating systems PR we'll receive from this,"

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Stop

I'll fix the quote...

PR gibberish:

".... was the most secure on the market, saying the mix of hardware and software modules on the machines makes a lot of current attack techniques invalid."

English:

".... was the most secure on the market, saying having fuck all software on the machines makes a lot of current attack techniques invalid...."

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