Chinese White Hat Hackers; Hacked Windows 10, iOS 14, and Android1 min read

Tianfu Cup

Competing for a share of the $1.21 million prize pool in the Tianfu Cup, white hat hackers managed to hack by finding vulnerabilities in popular software such as Windows 10, iOS 14, Android.

Tianfu Cup, considered to be China’s largest and most prestigious hackathon event, took place in Chengdu, China, last weekend. Among the software hacked by white hat hackers attending the event, there are popular software such as Windows 10, iOS 14, Ubuntu, Adobe PDF Reader, and Chrome.

The total prize pool at the said hackathon event was $ 1.21 million, and Chinese cyber security giant Qihoo 360 was the winner of the event with $ 744.5 thousand. AntFinancial Lightyear Security Lab and Pang came in second and third, respectively.

Software manufacturers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft were informed about the vulnerabilities

Teams competing on the hackathon had three five-minute attempts to find an original vulnerability and hack. Contestants received different monetary rewards based on the target they chose and the type of vulnerability they exploited.

Since the purpose of the competition is not to find and exploit software vulnerabilities, all detected vulnerabilities have been reported to software manufacturers. All exploits revealed will be fixed with updates to be released in the coming weeks.

Software hacked in Tianfu Cup

  • iOS 14 (iPhone 11 Pro)
  • Android (Samsung Galaxy S20)
  • Windows 10 (version 2004)
  • Ubuntu
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Docker
  • VMWare EXSI
  • QEMU
  • TP-Link (Asus router software)
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