Pattern Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) on Tuesday introduced the principles and prizes for its Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 hacking competitors, which invitations white hat hackers to display their smartphone and IoT gadget exploits.

Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 will happen on November 3-5 and it’ll coincide with the PacSec convention, which usually takes place in Tokyo that point of 12 months. Nonetheless, because of the coronavirus pandemic, PacSec has been was a digital occasion.

Within the case of Pwn2Own Tokyo, the occasion will truly be held in Toronto, Canada, however researchers have been given the choice to take part remotely. Contributors might want to submit a whitepaper detailing their exploit chain and directions for operating the exploit, which might be run by a ZDI workers member in Toronto. Nonetheless, it will stop individuals from making adjustments to their exploits or scripts on the spot, which ZDI says may decrease their probabilities of successful if an surprising downside happens.

Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 focuses on exploits geared toward smartphones, together with the Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy S20, Huawei P40, Apple’s iPhone 11, and the Xiaomi Mi 10.

Contributors can earn as much as $160,000 for hacking the iPhone 11 or Pixel Four by way of an internet browser, if their exploits are executed with kernel privileges and the payload can survive a reboot of the gadget. Roughly the identical prizes and bonuses are supplied for conducting a profitable assault by way of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC.

ZDI Announces Rules, Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 Awards

Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 additionally covers wearables. Hackers can earn $60,000 for attaining distant code execution on Fb’s Oculus Quest VR headset and $80,000 for distant code execution on the fifth sequence Apple Watch.

Within the house automation class, researchers can obtain between $40,000 and $60,000 for exploits focusing on Fb Portal, Amazon Echo Present 8, the Sonos One speaker, the Google Nest Hub and cameras from Nest, Ring and Arlo.

Exploits focusing on good TVs from Sony and Samsung, network-attached storage (NAS) gadgets from Synology and Western Digital, and routers from NETGEAR and TP-Hyperlink are value as much as $20,000.

The entire prize pool this 12 months is over $500,000. Eventually 12 months’s Pwn2Own Tokyo, individuals earned a complete of $315,000 for disclosing 18 totally different vulnerabilities.

Extra particulars and the whole guidelines for Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 can be found on ZDI’s web site.

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ZDI Announces Rules, Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 Awards
ZDI Announces Rules, Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 Awards
ZDI Announces Rules, Pwn2Own Tokyo 2020 Awards

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He labored as a highschool IT trainer for 2 years earlier than beginning a profession in journalism as Softpedia’s safety information reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s diploma in industrial informatics and a grasp’s diploma in laptop methods utilized in electrical engineering.

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