In Pictures: Security soiree. Microsoft's BlueHat Prize contest

Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group recognizes securityresearchers for work on ROP

  • Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group handed out more than $250,000 in cash and prizes to three winners in its first BlueHat Prize contest at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Microsoft asked security experts to compete to find ways to prevent a class of exploits that leverage Return Oriented Programming (ROP).

  • Microsoft's BlueHat Prize night at the Marquee Club in Las Vegas.

  • Inside the Marquee, the writing's on the wall.

  • An ice sculpture carved with the name "Microsoft" is slowly melting.

  • The band plays on ...

  • The award ceremony to name the three BlueHat finalists starts.

  • Jared DeMott, a researcher and course instructor, wins $50,000 for his entry called "/ROP" that checks to ensure target addresses of return instructions, which ROP exploits use, are safe.

  • Ivan Fratic, researcher at the University of Zagreb, won an MSDN Universal subscription valued at $10,000, for his entry called "ROPGuard" that defines a set of checks in the context of malicious code.

  • Almost lost in the stage smoke, the grand prize winner, Vasilis Pappas, left with a smile.

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