Chrome Sandbox Escape Vulnerability Earns Researchers $20,000


Two researchers have earned $20,000 from Google for reporting a sandbox escape vulnerability affecting the Chrome web browser.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2020-6573, has been described by Google as a high-severity use-after-free bug affecting Chrome’s “video” component.

Google said this week that it patched the vulnerability with the release of a Chrome 85 update for Windows, Mac and Linux. However, the researchers who discovered the issue, Leecraso and Guang Gong of the 360 Alpha Lab at Chinese cybersecurity company Qihoo 360, told SecurityWeek that while the vulnerability affects Chrome on all platforms, they have only managed to trigger it on Android.

Leecraso explained that CVE-2020-6573 is a sandbox escape vulnerability that can be exploited in combination with a different security bug.

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