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Pwn2Own Vancouver for 2022 is underway, and the 15th anniversary of the contest has already seen some amazing research demonstrated. Stay tuned to this blog for updated results, picture, and videos from the event. We’ll be posting it all here – including the most recent Master of Pwn leaderboard.

Jump to Day One results; Jump to Day Two results; Jump to Day Three results

Here are the current standings for the Master of Pwn:

Day One – May 18, 2022

SUCCESS – Hector “p3rr0” Peralta was able to demonstrate an improper configuration against Microsoft Teams. He earns $150,000 and 15 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Billy Jheng Bing-Jhong (@st424204), Muhammad Alifa Ramdhan (@n0psledbyte), and Nguyễn Hoàng Thạch (@hi_im_d4rkn3ss) of STAR Labs successfully used an OOB Read and OOB Write to achieve escalation on Oracle Virtualbox. They earn $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Masato Kinugawa was able to execute a 3-bug chain of injection, misconfiguraton and sandbox escape against Microsoft Teams, earning $150,000 and 15 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Manfred Paul (@_manfp) successfully demonstrated 2 bugs – prototype pollution and improper input validation – on Mozilla Firefox, earning him $100,000 and 10 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Marcin Wiązowski was able to execute an out-of-bounds write escalation of privilege on Microsoft Windows 11, earning $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points, and high praise on the accompanying whitepaper from the Microsoft team.

SUCCESS – Team Orca of Sea Security (security.sea.com) was able to execute 2 bugs on Ubuntu Desktop – an Out-of-Bounds Write (OOBW) and Use-After-Free (UAF) – earning $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Daniel Lim Wee Soong (@daniellimws), Poh Jia Hao (@Chocologicall), Li Jiantao (@CurseRed) & Ngo Wei Lin (@Creastery) of STAR Labs successfully demonstrated their zero-click exploit of 2 bugs (injection and arbitrary file write) on Microsoft Teams. They earn $150,000 and 15 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Manfred Paul (@_manfp) successfully scored his second win of the day with an out-of-band write on Apple Safari, earning him another $50,000 and 5 additional Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Phan Thanh Duy (@PTDuy and Lê Hữu Quang Linh (@linhlhq of STAR Labs earned $40K and 4 Master of Pwn points for a Use-After-Free elevation of privilege on Microsoft Windows 11.

SUCCESS – Keith Yeo (@kyeojy) earned $40K and 4 Master of Pwn points for a Use-After-Free exploit on Ubuntu Desktop.

Day Two – May 19, 2022

SUCCESS AND BUG COLLISION – On the first attempt of the day, David BERARD and Vincent DEHORS from @Synacktiv were able to demonstrate 2 unique bugs (Double-Free & OOBW) with collison on a known sandbox escape on a Telsa Model 3 Infotainment System. They earn $75,000 and 7.5 Master of Pwn points, and although they don’t win the car outright, they have made enough to go pick one up themselves!

FAILURE – On the second attempt of day 2, namnp was unable to get their exploit of Microsoft Windows 11 working within the time allotted.

SUCCESS – Bien Pham (@bienpnn) was able to execute a Use After Free bug leading to elevation of privilege on Unbuntu Desktop, earning $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

FAILURE@Jedar_LZ was unable to get today’s second Tesla attempt working within the time allotted. On a positive note, @thedzi decided to acquire the details of the exploit and disclose them to Tesla.

SUCCESS – T0 was able to successfully show an improper access control bug leading to elevation of privilege on Microsoft Windows 11 – earning $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – On the final attempt of Day 2, Zhenpeng Lin (@Markak_), Yueqi Chen (@Lewis_Chen_), and Xinyu Xing (@xingxinyu) of Team TUTELARY from Northwestern University successfully demonstrated a Use After Free bug leading to elevation of privilege on Ubuntu Desktop. This earns him $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

Day Three – May 20, 2022

FAILURE – On the first attempt of day 3, Team DoubleDragon: Yonghwi Jin (@jinmo123) of Theori, and Yongjin Kim (@adm1nkyj1) of Enki was unable to get their exploit of Microsoft Teams working within the time allotted. All is not lost though, in that Team Double Dragon was able to get their research into the regular ZDI process.

SUCCESS – nghiadt12 from Viettel Cyber Security was able to successfully show an escalation of privilege via Integer Overflow on Microsoft Windows 11 – earning $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – Billy Jheng Bing-Jhong (@st424204) STAR Labs was able to successfully demonstrate a Use-After-Free exploit on Ubuntu Desktop – earning another $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – vinhthp1712 successfully achieved Elevation of Privilege via Improper Access Control on Microsoft Windows 11. vinhthp1712 earns $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

SUCCESS – On the final attempt of the competition, Bruno PUJOS (@brunopujos) from REverse Tactics successfully achieved Elevation of Privilege via Use-After-Free on Microsoft Windows 11. Bruno earns $40,000 and 4 Master of Pwn points.

That concludes the regular scheduled programming for our event! This year, we had a total of 21 attempts from 17 contestants with Trend Micro and ZDI awarding $1,155,000! We can’t wait to share more details in the near future about our fall event, so stay tuned!

As always, follow us on Twitter for the latest results, update, and breaking news.

Thanks again to our partners Tesla, Zoom, and Microsoft as well as our sponsor VMware. Thanks also to the researchers who participate and to the vendors for providing fixes for what was discovered and reported during the contest. As a reminder, vendors have 90 days to produce a fix for all vulnerabilities disclosed.