Get More Money for Chrome Bugs and Get Featured in the Google Hall of Fame
Article by George Norman
On 02 Oct 2014
The Chrome Reward Program was introduced back in 2010. Thanks to eager security researchers who found and reported bugs, Google managed to address more than 700 Chrome security bugs since then. This is great from a security point of view – as time goes by and as more bugs are squashed, the browser gets more secure.

But it’s not so great for the security researches. You see, it's gotten harder and harder to find and exploit security bugs. That’s why Google is offering them more money and the chance to be featured in the Google Hall of Fame.

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Find security bugs and vulnerabilities that affect the Chrome web browser and Google, via its Chrome Reward Program, will pay you for your hard work. So far that company paid out more than $1.25 million via its bug reward program. And with recent changes to the Chrome Reward Program, the company is getting ready to pay even more in the future.

At the start of 2010, when the Chrome Reward Program was introduced, Google paid between $500 and $1337 for security bugs. But that wasn’t enough to entice security researchers. So that summer, Google upped the maximum reward to $3,133.7. Later on, the reward amount increased even more, going up to $5,000.

Since the introduction of the Chrome Reward Program, Google managed to fix more than 700 Chrome security bugs. Because of this, it’s gotten pretty hard to find and exploit Chrome Security Bugs. To entice security researchers to do the hard work of finding new bugs, Google announced that:
  • It is increasing the usual reward pricing range to $500-$15,000 per bug and is willing to pay at the higher end of the range when researchers can provide an exploit to demonstrate a specific attack path.
  • It is giving security researches the glory they deserve by featuring them in the Google Hall of Fame.
The rules of the Chrome Reward Program are presented here.



Tags: Google, security, Chrome, money, Chrome Reward Program, bug bounty program
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