Google offers $1,000 to find security flaws in Android apps

Google teams up with HackerOne, a vulnerability coordination and bug bounty platform, to offer $1000 to those who find and report security flaws in Android apps.

| Updated on: Oct 20 2017, 14:49 IST
Earn $1000 for finding, reporting security flaw in Android apps
Earn $1000 for finding, reporting security flaw in Android apps (AFP/shutterstock)
Earn $1000 for finding, reporting security flaw in Android apps
Earn $1000 for finding, reporting security flaw in Android apps (AFP/shutterstock)

Google on Thursday launched a new bug bounty programme under which the company will pay $1000 (65,000 approximately) to those who find security flaws in Android apps and report it to Google.

"The Google Play Security Reward Programme recognises the contributions of security researchers who invest their time and effort in helping us make apps on Google Play more secure," the tech giant said on its website.

All Google's apps are included and developers of popular Android apps are invited to opt-in to the programme being run in partnership with HackerOne.

"Through the programme, we will further improve app security which will benefit developers, Android users and the entire Google Play ecosystem," the company said.

For now, the scope is limited to RCE (remote-code-execution) vulnerabilities and corresponding POCs (Proof of concepts) that work on Android 4.4 devices and higher.

"This translates to any RCE vulnerability that allows an attacker to run code of their choosing on a user's device without user knowledge or permission," Google said.

This is how it works.

Researcher identifies vulnerability within an in-scope app and reports it directly to the app's developer via their current vulnerability disclosure or bug bounty process. App developer then works with the researcher to resolve the vulnerability.

Once the vulnerability has been resolved, the researcher requests a bonus bounty from the Google Play Security.

"The programme will evaluate each submission based on the vulnerability criteria. A reward of $1,000 will be rewarded for issues that meet this criteria. We are unable to issue rewards to individuals who are on US sanctions lists or who are in countries (Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria)," Google added.

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First Published Date: 20 Oct, 14:31 IST
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