Mozilla doubles maximum bounty for Firefox flaws to US$7,500

Flaws judged as a moderate risk will be worth rewards between US$500 and US$2,000

Mozilla's office, San Francisco

Mozilla's office, San Francisco

Mozilla is giving a raise to security researchers who spot Firefox browser vulnerabilities, more than doubling its maximum reward for information on the most high-risk flaws.

The change comes as many major companies have launched lucrative bug bounty programs, which benefit software developers by attracting a more diverse set of eyes on their code.

"The amount awarded was increased to $3,000 five years ago, and it is definitely time for this to be increased again," wrote Raymond Forbes, an application security engineer at Mozilla.

Vulnerabilities rated critical and high security qualify for a payment of between US$3,000 and US$7,500, according to the program's new guidelines.

Mozilla used to pay a flat amount, but it will now pay a variable amount depending on the quality of the report, the flaw's severity and how easily it can be exploited.

Researchers with flaws rated "moderate" will be awarded between US$500 and US$2,000 depending on the risk, determined by Mozilla's Bug Bounty Committee.

The organization is also promoting its Firefox Security Bug Bounty Hall of Fame, which has been live for a while but hadn't been announced. The page gives public credit to those who've submitted valid bugs.

Mozilla has paid out $1.6 million over the course of its rewards program, Forbes wrote.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags securityExploits / vulnerabilitiesmozilla

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?