Pwnie Awards 2017


Nominations are now open to the public [ for your valued submissions ]

Do your best… or worst.

pwnie for best server-side bug

Awarded to the researchers who discovered or exploited the most technically sophisticated and interesting server-side bug. This includes any software that is accessible remotely without using user interaction.

Nominate the best server side bug

pwnie for best client-side bug

Awarded to the researchers who discovered or exploited the most technically sophisticated and interesting client-side bug.

Nominate the best client-side bug

pwnie for best privilege escalation bug

Awarded to the researchers who discovered or exploited the most technically sophisticated and interesting privilege escalation vulnerability. These vulnerabilities can include local operating system privilege escalations, operating system sandbox escapes, and virtual machine guest breakout vulnerabilities.

Nominate the best privilege escalation bug

pwnie for best cryptographic attack

Awarded to the researchers who discovered the most impactful cryptographic attack against real-world systems. A Pwnie Cryptography Award should represent a meaningful break in a system actually deployed. The attack can require a math Ph.D to understand its workings, but not to understand its impact, and it can’t require a data center in Utah to exploit.

Nominate the best cryptographic attack

pwnie for most innovative research

Awarded to the researcher or team who published the most interesting and innovative research in the form of a paper, presentation, tool or even a mailing list post.

Nominate the most innovative research

pwnie for lamest vendor response

Awarded to the vendor who mis-handled a security vulnerability most spectacularly.

Nominate the lamest vendor response

pwnie for most under-hyped research

Like good magicians our industry will put a lot of razzle dazzle on the problems we can sell a solution for. But what about the things that are DONTFIX, can’t be scanned for, but are still amazingly cool and high impact? We (as an industry) sweep them under the rug and then they get caught in the UNDERHYPED pwnie awards!

Nominate the most under-hyped research

pwnie for most over-hyped bug

Awarded to the researcher/team who discovered a bug resulting in the most hype on the Internets and in the traditional media. Extra points for bugs that turn out to be impossible to exploit in practice.

Nominate the most over-hyped bug

pwnie for most epic fail

This award is for the defenders who dared to wonder, “What could possibly go wrong?” For the investors who happily departed with eight-figure checks for a pitch presenting snake oil served over word salads on a fool’s gold platter. For the infosec vendors who adopted defense-by-deception as a marketing strategy. This award will honor a person or corporate entity’s spectacularly epic fail – the kind of fail that lets the entire infosec industry down in its wake. It can be a singular incident, marketing piece, or investment – or a smoldering trail of whale-scale fail.

Nominate the most epic fail

pwnie for epic achievement

Awarded to the researchers, attackers, defenders, executives, journalists, nobodies, randos, or trolls for pulling off something so truly epic that we couldn’t possibly have predicted it by creating an award category that did it justice.

Nomination for epic achievement

pwnie for best song

What kind of awards ceremony does not have an award for best song? What can we say, security researchers, engineers, and the entire community can be considered a “multi-talented” group of people.

Nominate the best song

Calendar
Jun
13
Nominations opened.
Awards Ceremony
when TBD
where BlackHat USA 2020 (Virtual)