Pwn2Own 2018: Focus Changes To Kernel Exploits As Browsers Get Harder To Hack

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The numbers for Linux are skewed by the fact that the gross count includes all of the in-tree device drivers, as well as the architecture-specific parts for all supported CPUs. According to some stats from a couple years back, the non-driver and non-arch parts have only ~140k LOC.

https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/223746/why-is-the-linux-kernel-15-million-lines-of-code

As for the arch bits, you're only using a very small amount of that, on any given install. The more standard your hardware config, the better tested you can expect the drivers & arch-specific parts to be.
 

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I think they mean teams based in China, or perhaps even specifically Chinese cyber security professionals.

Are you just going by the name, or do you know that he currently lives there?

Either way, he won $120k in two days. Not bad!
 
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