[WEB SECURITY] [Full-disclosure] We're now paying up to $20, 000 for web vulns in our services
rvm at CBORD.com
Thu Apr 26 08:45:03 EDT 2012
> From: Michal Zalewski
> > A you-only-get-it-when-successful 20,000$ budget from Google is
> > insulting, considering the perhaps massive time investment from
> > the researcher. [...] and yet they only pay a nice researcher 20
> > grand? You can't even live on that. Researchers aren't just kids
> > with no responsibilities, they have mortgages and families
> People who want to make a living helping to improve Google security
> are welcome to apply for a job :-) We have a remarkably large and
> interesting security team.
> The program simply serves to complement that (and some other,
> contract-driven efforts), and it works for quite a few people who see
> it as a way to do something useful on the side, and get compensated
> for it, too.
> Now, I have done a fair amount of vulnerability research in my life, I
> do have a family and a mortgage - and I still wouldn't see $20k as an
> insult; but I know that this is subjective. In that spirit, you are at
> liberty to determine whether to participate, and how much time to
> invest into the pursuit :-)
Another point that seems to be overlooked in these discussions is that this bounty adds a new vector into the decision tree for the black hat. EvilBob now has to decide if that vulnerability he just found is worth more for his usual nefarious uses than the cash reward. In some cases, this might result in discoveries being reported for the reward instead of being used to attack the servers, converting the black hat over to white. I suspect the likelihood of this outcome increases exponentially with the size of the reward.
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