According to organizers, hackers earned $1,024,000 for a total of 30 vulnerabilities. Most of the amount of money, $620,000, was paid to a team from cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360. Other participants were teams from universities, Tencent, financial service provider Ant Financial, and independent researchers.
The highest reward is $200,000 that was paid out to participants that presented an iPhone X jailbreak and a remote code execution exploit.
White hat hackers earned a total of $120,000 for two Microsoft Edge exploits that could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.
Hackers also devised two Chrome exploit chains that allowed them to earn a total of $150,000.
Three teams earned $150,000 for Safari vulnerabilities, including $100,000 for a macOS zero-day exploit, organizers also paid $100,000 for hacking VMware Workstation and Fusion.
The VMware flaw could be exploited to execute code on the Workstation host from the guest, the company is working to provide a patch as soon as possible.
The iPhone X exploit leverages a type confusion Just-in-Time (JIT) bug in Safari and a use-after-free vulnerability in the iOS kernel. The organization notified the flaw to Apple and confirmed that hackers will share technical details after Apple will release a fix.
Hackers also demonstrated two Oracle VirtualBox exploit chains that were awarded $120,000.
Participants also earned a total of $80,000 for three Adobe Reader exploits and other $80,000 for a Microsoft Office exploit chain involving a logical bug and a memory corruption vulnerability.
Many other rewards were paid for working exploits for Vivo X23, OPPO R17, and Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphones.
Recently participants to another contest, the Zero Day Initiative’s Pwn2Own Tokyo 2018 earned over $300,000 for disclosing flaws affecting iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi 6 and Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.