Under the guise of a Native Client Security Contest, the search engine firm is offering big cash prizes to hackers who find bugs and other security flaws in the open-source research technology for running x86 native code in Web applications.
[ SEE: Android security team appeals to hackers ]
From the contest FAQ:
The judging will be led by Princeton University's Ed Felten.
The first prize is $8,192, the second prize $4,096, the third prize is $2,048, the fourth prize is $1,024 and the fifth prize is $1,024. All amounts are in USD.
At least one exploitable defect is already publicly known.