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 newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags securitymozillaExploits / vulnerabilities

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

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2018

With determination and drive, you achieve outstanding performance! Get Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Now!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?