[Cross-posted from the Android Developers Blog]
Two years ago, we launched the Android Security Rewards program. In its second year, we've seen great progress. We received over 450 qualifying vulnerability reports from researchers and the average pay per researcher jumped by 52.3%. On top of that, the total Android Security Rewards payout doubled to $1.1 million dollars. Since it launched, we've rewarded researchers over $1.5 million dollars.
Here are some of the highlights from the Android Security Rewards program's second year:
- There were no payouts for the top reward for a complete remote exploit chain leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise, our highest award amount possible.
- We paid 115 individuals with an average of $2,150 per reward and $10,209 per researcher.
- We paid our top research team, C0RE Team, over $300,000 for 118 vulnerability reports.
- We paid 31 researchers $10,000 or more.
Improvements to Android Security Rewards program
We’re constantly working to improve the Android Security Rewards program and today we’re making a few changes to all vulnerability reports filed after June 1, 2017.
Because every Android release includes more security protections and no researcher has claimed the top reward for an exploit chains in 2 years, we’re excited to increase our top-line payouts for these exploits.
- Rewards for a remote exploit chain or exploit leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise increase from $50,000 to $200,000.
- Rewards for a remote kernel exploit increase from $30,000 to $150,000.
Source: Google, May 29, 2017
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