Google has decided to temporarily increase payments in its vulnerability bounty program for those researchers who submit reports of flaws in Android 13 Beta, in a bid to significantly improve the security of the new iteration of its operating system for mobile devices. Until May 26, researchers who find security flaws in this operating system will be able to receive a bonus of 50% of the original bounty amount.
The maximum bounty for successful reports through Google’s program is $1 million USD, applicable for remote code execution issues on the Titan M chip, used in Pixel devices. Via Twitter, Google detailed: “Vulnerabilities in Android 13 Beta discovered between 04/26/22 and 05/26/22 are eligible for a reward payment of up to $1.5 million USD for a full chain of remote code execution exploits on Titan M.”
On the other hand, reports of data mining errors in Titan M could be rewarded with up to $750,000 USD during this special period, as opposed to the $500,000 usually paid to researchers.
Finally, code execution errors in Android components such as secure element, reliable execution environment and kernel could receive up to $375,000 USD. Just a month ago, Google announced that the rewards offered by eligible vulnerability reports from Google Nest and Fitbit would be doubled, with the tech giant still looking to incentivize ongoing collaboration with independent security specialists.
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