Mozilla Security Bugs Bounty Program Launched
Monday August 2nd, 2004
The Mozilla Foundation has announced a Security Bug Bounty Program. Under the new scheme, any user who reports a critical security vulnerability in end-user Mozilla software will receive a US$500 reward. The program is being funded by Linux distributor Linspire (formerly Lindows.com) and Internet entrepreneur and space tourist Mark Shuttleworth. The Mozilla Security Bug Bounty page has more details, including the process for reporting vulnerabilities and under what circumstances a report is eligible (unfortunately for sloppy developers, you cannot claim a bounty for a bug in your own code!). Netscape has run a bug bounty program in the past, though this latest Mozilla initiative is unrelated.
Update: The article has been rewritten to include additional information. Thanks to CoffeeBreaks for his contributions to this report.
#10 Monetary Incentives
Tuesday August 3rd, 2004 3:45 AM
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hi @ ALL
I reckon that this may be a good thing! There are most likely at least #some# virus-programmers out there who would prefer $500, rather than risk a visit from the CIA, FBI or whoever!