Google Chrome hack earns security researcher $60,000

ChromeA Russian security researcher has earned himself a tidy $60,000 by demonstrating how he could waltz past the security sandbox in Google’s Chrome browser to run unauthorised code on fully-patched Windows 7 computers.

Sergey Glazunov uncovered a remote code execution vulnerability in Chrome, that could be used by malicious hackers and cybercriminals to install and run code on innocent users’ computers, just by them visiting a website.

Glazunov, who is no stranger to reporting bugs in Chrome, won his substantial reward as part of the Pwnium competition run by Google at the CanSecWest conference in downtown Vancouver.

Sergey Glazunov won $60,000

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Sundar Pichai, a senior vice-president at Google, wrote on Google+ that his developers were “working fast on a fix” that would be pushed out as an automatic security update to Chrome users.

Google congratulates Sergey Glazunov

Google announced last month that they were offering a gobsmacking grand total of $1 million in rewards for those who uncovered security holes in Chrome.

At the time of writing, a hefty $940,000 remains in the Pwnium prize fund.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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