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Windows 7: Google beefs up the cash bounty for reporting vulnerabilities

06 Jun 2013   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Google beefs up the cash bounty for reporting vulnerabilities

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Noting the contribution made by those who try to hack its security, Google has once again increased the cash rewards it pays out for identifying vulnerabilities in its services.

The Internet giant, which began swapping security research for cash a couple of years ago, announced the higher payouts and new rules for the program Thursday on the company's Online Security Blog.

The bounty for cross-site scripting bugs on Google Accounts more than doubled from $3,133.70 to $7,500.....
Read more at: Google beefs up the cash bounty for reporting vulnerabilities | Security & Privacy - CNET News


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07 Jun 2013   #2
x BlueRobot

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64
 
 

Did anyone hear of the case of the 17-year old who discovered (after someone else) a Payal vulnerability, and was refused payment since he was under the age of 18, it did say you had to be 18, but the way they dealt with the issue was clearly discriminating on age. There is no age limit for Google or Mozilla as far as I'm aware.

Source: PayPal refuses to pay bug-finding teen | Naked Security
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07 Jun 2013   #3
Cr00zng

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

The new cash reward does not even come close to what the legitimate companies, specializing in selling exploits, would pay for Google exploits....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Did anyone hear of the case of the 17-year old who discovered (after someone else) a Payal vulnerability, and was refused payment since he was under the age of 18, it did say you had to be 18, but the way they dealt with the issue was clearly discriminating on age. There is no age limit for Google or Mozilla as far as I'm aware.

Source: PayPal refuses to pay bug-finding teen | Naked Security
The age was a secondary factor, quote from the article:
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PayPal's response was twofold: First, somebody else already found the cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw, the company said.

Secondly, 'thanks, but no thanks, kiddo - you would have been too young to participate anyway'.
I don't see an issue with Paypal's response; neither Google, nor Mozilla (should've just said Google ) would have paid under the same scenario.

Did Paypal have to state the age limit in the letter? No... Do they get some free advertisement from this perceived fiasco? You bet...
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