Pwn to Own is back!

After the very-awesome Pwn to Own 2008, DVLabs is back with the next episode, set for March 16-20, 2009 at the CanSecWest Security in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Pwn to Own is a 3-day hacking competition run by DVLabs’ Zero Day Initiative Team. Last year’s objective was for teams to break into Operating Systems – Ubuntu 7.1o, Vista Ultimate SP1 and Mac OSX 10.5.2. Day 1 – teams had to penetrate vanilla installations of the OSs. (they all failed). Day 2 – they could use browsers (and their vulnerabilities) to break into the system. (Macbook air was pwned, courtesy a safari vulnerability. Vista and Ubuntu survived). Day 3 – teams could use 3rd party apps. (Vista was pwned. of course. Ubuntu survived all 3 days. OF COURSE.)

This year’s contest, interestingly, is going to focus on cracking browsers and mobile devices. I can’t wait.