Monetary Value of Vulnerabilities Still High

The Pwn2Own contest is probably the best theoretical situation to show the damage that can be caused by skilled, dedicated attackers.  However, throughout the contest, many researchers say the cash and hardware prizes were not enough to get them to give up “high-value” browser vulnerabilities.  The contest sponsors paid $10,000 for every winning browser vulnerability but researchers say a reliable zero-day browser vulnerability/exploit is valued at ten times that amount.  

The Pwn2Own contest is probably the best theoretical situation to show the damage that can be caused by skilled, dedicated attackers.  However, throughout the contest, many researchers say the cash and hardware prizes were not enough to get them to give up “high-value” browser vulnerabilities.  The contest sponsors paid $10,000 for every winning browser vulnerability but researchers say a reliable zero-day browser vulnerability/exploit is valued at ten times that amount.  

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