As you know I always cover results obtained by white hat hackers at hacking competitions, for this reason, today I’ll share with you the results of the first day of the Pwn2Own 2019.
Pwn2Own 2019 is the hacking competition organized by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) that is taking place in Vancouver, Canada, alongside the CanSecWest conference.
This edition includes a novelty, for the first time in its history
participants have been invited to hack a Tesla Model 3, the organization is offering up to $300,000 and a car for.
The overall prize pool is greater than $1 million and participants are very enthusiastic to take part in the competition.
On the first day, they were able to hack into Apple’s Safari web browser and the Oracle VirtualBox and VMware Workstation virtualization products earning a total of $240,000 in cash.
Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate earned $55,000, and 5 points towards Master of Pwn, for an exploit targeting the Safari web browser. The security duo chained an integer overflow in the browser and a heap overflow that allowed them to escape the sandbox. The experts finally used a brute-force technique to escape the sandbox.
“They successfully exploited the browser and escaped the sandbox by using an integer overflow in the browser and a heap overflow to escape the sandbox. The attempt nearly took the entire allowed time because they used a brute force technique during the sandbox escape.” reads the official page of the Pwn2Own 2019 competition.
“The code would fail then try again until it succeeded. The demonstration earned them $55,000 USD and 5 points towards
The same experts also earned $35,000 for hacking Oracle VirtualBox by triggering on the second attempt an integer underflow and a race condition to escalate privileges and execute arbitrary code.
Amat Cama and Richard Zhu also earned $70,000 for escaping a VMware Workstation virtual machine and executing code on the underlying host operating system.
It was a great day for the Fluoroacetate team that earned a total of $160,000 in just one day.
On the first day,
The day one close with the Phoenhex & Qwerty team that earned $45,000 for a complete system compromise via an Apple Safari exploit with a kernel elevation. In order to exploit the flaw, the attackers need to trick victims into visiting a malicious website.
“By browsing to their website, they triggered a JIT bug followed by a heap out-of-bounds (OOB) read – used twice – then pivoted from root to
If you want to receive news on the ongoing Pwn2Own 2019 competition stay tuned.