Feeds

Google ups bug bounty to $20,000 per flaw

Researchers offered major payday

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Google is increasing the amount it is willing to pay to security researchers for bugs, with the most serious flaws now priced at up to $20,000.

Google's security team has changed its payments plan and will now pay up to $20,000 for flaws that would allow code execution on its production systems. There's a $10,000 bounty for SQL injection or similar flaws, and some information disclosure, authentication, and authorization bypass bugs. XSS, XSRF, and other high-impact flaws in highly sensitive applications are also due for a payout, if just $3,133.7.

"The new rules offer reduced rewards for vulnerabilities discovered in non-integrated acquisitions and for lower risk issues. For example, while every flaw deserves appropriate attention, we are likely to issue a higher reward for a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Google Wallet than one in Google Art Project, where the potential risk to user data is significantly smaller," said the Google security team in a blog posting.

All awards are scrutinized and awarded by an internal committee before being handed out, but so far Google says it has paid out around $460,000 to over 200 security researchers since it started offering cash for flaws in 2010.

Google is far from alone in offering financial incentives for researchers who find bugs, with Mozilla, Facebook and Secunia among the companies that have a similar attitude. So far, Microsoft has resisted the temptation (it's got a big cash pile but a hell of a lot of flaws as well) but Redmond isn't above offering specific bounties for botnet controllers. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.