Announced by Google on January 28, 2013 the Pwnium 3 event is a hacking competition whereby the search engine giant rewards security research attractive prize money for different levels of exploits against Chrome browser and Chrome OS. This year’s prize money was a whopping $3.14 million.
Researchers were asked to carry out attacks against “a base (WiFi) model of the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook, running the latest stable version of Chrome OS.” The researchers were allowed to use any software available on the system including kernel and drivers to attempt their hacks.
It turns out security researchers were not able to come up with winning exploits and the Chrome OS remained undefeated. None of the security researchers were able to defeat the security of the Pixel maker’s operating system. Google Chrome team even went to the extent of extending the deadline of the competition by few hours but, to no avail.
Updating the status, the team noted on a Google+ post, “We just closed out the competition. We did not receive any winning entries but we are evaluating some work that may qualify as partial exploits.”
No further details have been made available yet. But considering the fact that none of the browsers were able to withstand the attacks of crackers on the Windows platform at Pwn2Own, it is a safe bet to assume that Linux in general and Chrome OS in specific may be an ideal choice for security conscious users across the globe.