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Hackers Earn $400K for Zero-day ICS Exploits Demoed at Pwn2Own

Hackers Earn $400K for Zero-day ICS Exploits Demoed at Pwn2Own

Pwn2Own Miami 2022 has ended with competitors earning $400,000 for 26 zero-day exploits (and several bug collisions) targeting ICS and SCADA products demoed during the contest between April 19 and April 21.

Security researchers targeted multiple production categories: Control Server, OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Server, Data Gateway, and Human Machine Interface (HMI).

“Thanks again to all of the competitors who participated. We couldn’t have a contest without them,” Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) said today.

“Thanks also to the participating vendors for their cooperation and for providing fixes for the bugs disclosed throughout the contest.”

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After the security vulnerabilities exploited during Pwn2Own are reported, vendors are given 120 days to release patches until ZDI publicly discloses them.

Winners awarded $90,000

The winners of the Pwn2Own Miami 2022 event are Daan Keuper (@daankeuper) and Thijs Alkemade (@xnyhps) from Computest Sector 7 (@sector7_nl).

During day one, they earned $20,000 after executing code on the Inductive Automation Ignition SCADA control server solution using a missing authentication weakness.

The same day they used an uncontrolled search path vulnerability to gain remote code execution (RCE) in AVEVA Edge HMI/SCADA software and were awarded $20,000 for their efforts.

On the second day, Computest Sector 7 exploited an infinite loop condition to trigger a DoS state against the Unified Automation C++ Demo Server and earned $5,000.

Last but not least, on day two of Pwn2Own Miami 2022, the team bypassed the trusted application check on the OPC Foundation OPC UA .NET Standard and added $40,000 to their awards stash.

They won the Master of Pwn title after earning a total of $90,000 during the three days of the contest and getting the first spot on the leaderboard with a total of 90 points.

Master of Pwn Leaderboard
Pwn2Own Miami 2022 results (ZDI)

This year’s Pwn2Own Miami took place at the S4 conference in Miami South Beach in person and also allowed remote participation.

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During the first edition of the ICS-themed Pwn2Own Miami, held back in January 2020, ZDI awarded $280,000 for 24 unique zero-day vulnerabilities in ICS and SCADA products.

You can watch a recording of the Computest Sector 7 (@sector7_nl) team targeting the OPC Foundation OPC UA .NET Standard below.

ZDI described their attempt as exploiting “one of the more interesting bugs we’ve ever seen at a Pwn2Own.”



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