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Windows 7: Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug

23 Oct 2010   #1
Crispy

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Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug

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In the world of open source software bug hunting age is clearly not a factor. Alex Miller, a 12-year-old tech wiz from San Jose is proof of that after just receiving $3,000 from Mozilla. The check came in the post and was a reward for tracking down a critical security flaw in the Firefox web browser.
Mozilla recently increased the bounty for finding such bugs from $500 to $3,000 in an attempt to make it more worthwhile for people to spend their time looking for them. Alex set about tracking down any bug he could with 90 minute sessions each day. The first bug he submitted did not qualify for the reward, but 10 more days of hunting located a critical security flaw and the check was in the post.
According to Brandon Sterne, security program manager at Mozilla, what Alex achieved is not something just anyone can do:
The space of people that are contributing in this area is pretty small. This is a very niche technical area.
Alex is a technically gifted young student with his mother stating he is self-taught, reads technical books with instant understanding, and is quite adept at building robots too. He’s also currently learning to speak Mandarin.
The money has been earmarked for a new PC and a small donation to a local animal charity. Whatever is left will be banked for future endeavours.
Read more at San Jose Mercury News
Matthew’s Opinion
Alex, like a lot of kids gifted in a specific area, achieve what they do because they are not only adept but passionate about what they are undertaking. Enjoyment is half the battle and if that continues he has a very bright future in the computing field ahead of him.
$3,000 when you’re 12 is a lot of money and I’m glad to see him banking some of it. He’s destined for college and university, both of which are a lot easier to enjoy with some money in the bank. I suspect he won’t just be relying on that one check from Mozilla, though. Being rewarded for this first discovery will act as an incentive to go bug hunting again. We wish him all the best and as a Firefox user I thank him for finding the bug and making the browser that much more secure.
Source: Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug


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23 Oct 2010   #2
swarnava

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
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In the world of open source software bug hunting age is clearly not a factor. Alex Miller, a 12-year-old tech wiz from San Jose is proof of that after just receiving $3,000 from Mozilla. The check came in the post and was a reward for tracking down a critical security flaw in the Firefox web browser.
Mozilla recently increased the bounty for finding such bugs from $500 to $3,000 in an attempt to make it more worthwhile for people to spend their time looking for them. Alex set about tracking down any bug he could with 90 minute sessions each day. The first bug he submitted did not qualify for the reward, but 10 more days of hunting located a critical security flaw and the check was in the post.
According to Brandon Sterne, security program manager at Mozilla, what Alex achieved is not something just anyone can do:
The space of people that are contributing in this area is pretty small. This is a very niche technical area.
Alex is a technically gifted young student with his mother stating he is self-taught, reads technical books with instant understanding, and is quite adept at building robots too. He’s also currently learning to speak Mandarin.
The money has been earmarked for a new PC and a small donation to a local animal charity. Whatever is left will be banked for future endeavours.
Read more at San Jose Mercury News
Matthew’s Opinion
Alex, like a lot of kids gifted in a specific area, achieve what they do because they are not only adept but passionate about what they are undertaking. Enjoyment is half the battle and if that continues he has a very bright future in the computing field ahead of him.
$3,000 when you’re 12 is a lot of money and I’m glad to see him banking some of it. He’s destined for college and university, both of which are a lot easier to enjoy with some money in the bank. I suspect he won’t just be relying on that one check from Mozilla, though. Being rewarded for this first discovery will act as an incentive to go bug hunting again. We wish him all the best and as a Firefox user I thank him for finding the bug and making the browser that much more secure.
Source: Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug

I AM 16 YEARS LOL :d
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23 Oct 2010   #3
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarnava View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crispy View Post
Quote:
In the world of open source software bug hunting age is clearly not a factor. Alex Miller, a 12-year-old tech wiz from San Jose is proof of that after just receiving $3,000 from Mozilla. The check came in the post and was a reward for tracking down a critical security flaw in the Firefox web browser.
Mozilla recently increased the bounty for finding such bugs from $500 to $3,000 in an attempt to make it more worthwhile for people to spend their time looking for them. Alex set about tracking down any bug he could with 90 minute sessions each day. The first bug he submitted did not qualify for the reward, but 10 more days of hunting located a critical security flaw and the check was in the post.
According to Brandon Sterne, security program manager at Mozilla, what Alex achieved is not something just anyone can do:
The space of people that are contributing in this area is pretty small. This is a very niche technical area.
Alex is a technically gifted young student with his mother stating he is self-taught, reads technical books with instant understanding, and is quite adept at building robots too. He’s also currently learning to speak Mandarin.
The money has been earmarked for a new PC and a small donation to a local animal charity. Whatever is left will be banked for future endeavours.
Read more at San Jose Mercury News
Matthew’s Opinion
Alex, like a lot of kids gifted in a specific area, achieve what they do because they are not only adept but passionate about what they are undertaking. Enjoyment is half the battle and if that continues he has a very bright future in the computing field ahead of him.
$3,000 when you’re 12 is a lot of money and I’m glad to see him banking some of it. He’s destined for college and university, both of which are a lot easier to enjoy with some money in the bank. I suspect he won’t just be relying on that one check from Mozilla, though. Being rewarded for this first discovery will act as an incentive to go bug hunting again. We wish him all the best and as a Firefox user I thank him for finding the bug and making the browser that much more secure.
Source: Mozilla pays 12-year-old $3,000 for finding critical Firefox bug

I AM 16 YEARS LOL :d
Me too
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23 Oct 2010   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarnava View Post


I AM 16 YEARS LOL :d
All of us are X amount of years old - your point is ?
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23 Oct 2010   #5
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
All of us are X amount of years old - your point is ?
I'm older than dirt. My point is.... what were we talking about?
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23 Oct 2010   #6
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

so, I guess this is the new hide and seek for kids nowadays
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23 Oct 2010   #7
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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I don't want to show my age.

Hat's off to the 12 year old!!


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23 Oct 2010   #8
nailgunner

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm just glad that the kid has apparently decided to use his talent for something good instead of something evil.

And the OBVIOUS point of the 16 year olds, is that...ummm...if only THEY were 12 they could have done it? Or because they are 1/3 older than the 12 year old that they are going to find 1/3 more bugs? Or...
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23 Oct 2010   #9
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
All of us are X amount of years old - your point is ?
I'm older than dirt. My point is.... what were we talking about?
Dirt wasn't around when I was born........Just rocks and gases!! hehehehe
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23 Oct 2010   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I don't even remember being 12 years old.
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