Google's Chrome OS remains locked down and secure

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Google's rapidly evolving web-centric Chrome OS managed to stave off hordes of hackers this past weekend at Mountain View's Pwnium (3) hack event.

Indeed, attendees failed to locate a security flaw in the locked-down OS, which would have netted them some of the $3,141,590 prize offered by Google.

A single browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user was worth $110,000 (£74,000) for every "browser or system level compromise in guest mode or as a logged-in user," while "compromise with device persistence, guest to guest with interim reboot" weighed in at $150,000.

However, "we did not receive any winning entries but we are evaluating some work that may qualify as partial exploits," Google confirmed in an official statement.

Nevertheless, white hat hackers did manage identify a security flaw in the Chrome browser at the Pwn2Own event, snagging hundreds of thousands of dollars in return.

Additional browsers compromised at Pwn2Own includes Internet Explorer and Firefox, with Safari escaping a hack due to an apparent lack of interest in jacking Apple's flagship browser.