+ Monday December 16th, 2019

A few years ago Google introduced their Android Security Rewards program. It is essentially a way for those inclined that way to report any bugs they find that can lead to a security issue associated with the Android OS and get paid for it.

For the users who’ve got the capacity to find the right bugs, there have been over 4 million US dollars paid out via the program since 2015. That has the potential to skyrocket with some increased payout offerings from the team at Google:

We are introducing a top prize of $1 million for a full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence which compromises the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices. Additionally, we will be launching a specific program offering a 50% bonus for exploits found on specific developer preview versions of Android, meaning our top prize is now $1.5 million.

It’s not just deep-diving in code that has the potential to bring reward though, even finding a way to bypass the lockscreen could bring you some reward as this (clearly) has the potential to compromise the security of a significant number of devices.

There’s a lot of people, a lot smarter than me involved in these sorts of programs and the top payout so far in 2019 has been $201,337.00 for identifying a remote code exploit. This report also resulted in change to Chrome Desktop.

Personally I feel comforted by the transparency of this process and the call for parties external to Google being involved in the research.

Source: Google Secuirty Blog.

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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