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Google Paying Up to $1337 for Chrome Bugs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

Are you l33t enough to score the $1337?

The Google Chrome browser has been a choice of PC users for some time, and as of recently it's become an option for Linux and Mac users. The related Chromium project, the open source side to Chrome, has opened up a bounty system similar to Mozilla's to interest security researchers to encourage bug squashing.

Here are some of the details from the Q&A in Google's blog post:

Q) What reward might I get?

A) As per Mozilla, our base reward for eligible bugs is $500. If the panel finds a particular bug particularly severe or particularly clever, we envisage rewards of $1337. The panel may also decide a single report actually constitutes multiple bugs. As a consumer of the Chromium open source project, Google will be sponsoring the rewards.

Q) What bugs are eligible?

A) Any security bug may be considered. We will typically focus on High and Critical impact bugs, but any clever vulnerability at any severity might get a reward. Obviously, your bug won't be eligible if you worked on the code or review in the area in question.

Q) What about bugs present in Google Chrome but not the Chromium open source project?

A) Bugs in either build may be eligible. In addition, bugs in plugins that are part of the Chromium project and shipped with Google Chrome by default (e.g. Google Gears) may be eligible. Bugs in third-party plugins and extensions are ineligible.

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    nman729 , February 1, 2010 10:08 PM
    lol, 1337
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    B-Unit , February 1, 2010 10:13 PM
    Heheh, good news, they have geeks in the marketing dept over at Google.
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    nman729 , February 1, 2010 10:08 PM
    lol, 1337
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    B-Unit , February 1, 2010 10:13 PM
    Heheh, good news, they have geeks in the marketing dept over at Google.
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    amabhy , February 1, 2010 10:15 PM
    Misleading title much?

    I thought Google got into some kind of lawsuit or something, not that this was a contest.
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    kyeana , February 1, 2010 10:25 PM
    amabhyMisleading title much?I thought Google got into some kind of lawsuit or something, not that this was a contest.


    A lawsuit for less then 1500$ dollars? Really?
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    amabhy , February 1, 2010 10:29 PM
    kyeanaA lawsuit for less then 1500$ dollars? Really?


    Yeah, coulda been a hacker who found some loophole or something and scammed them out of an amusing amount of money.

    Remember the incident where Dell underpriced their nice monitors at a dirt cheap price?
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    micky_lund , February 1, 2010 10:41 PM
    cheap lawsuit if it was $1337
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    twu , February 1, 2010 11:20 PM
    Sell the bug to any anti-virus software company may get pay more than $1300. lol:) 
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    rbarone69 , February 2, 2010 12:33 AM
    This is SMART. This is cheap considering hiring a full time employee to find these bugs is way more expensive.
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    LATTEH , February 2, 2010 12:45 AM
    I seriously LOL'd
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    wintermint , February 2, 2010 1:48 AM
    I only saw 1337 and thought of leet.. dam internet influence D:!
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    saran008 , February 2, 2010 2:42 AM
    1337 is good but..

    ^+1 twu:) 
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2010 4:54 AM
    Smart move from google, and nice to see that despite all the billions they've made, the schoolyard geek spirit is still alive at Google's
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    Gin Fushicho , February 2, 2010 5:53 AM
    Wait what?! I get cash just for telling them about a bug? This makes me very happy, as even the base amount would help me VERY much.
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    anamaniac , February 2, 2010 6:05 AM
    ZoltSmart move from google, and nice to see that despite all the billions they've made, the schoolyard geek spirit is still alive at Google's

    We love Google for our own reasons, and for me, this is certainly one of them. =D
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    randomizer , February 2, 2010 7:19 AM
    Gin FushichoWait what?! I get cash just for telling them about a bug? This makes me very happy, as even the base amount would help me VERY much.

    I think you need to show them the bug. ie. Point out the code flaw.
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    micr0be , February 2, 2010 10:33 AM
    i dont know why .... but i cant stop thinking of bugs bunny ..... :( 
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    TheDuke , February 2, 2010 10:50 AM
    time to get lee7 and get $1337
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    Regulas , February 2, 2010 12:03 PM
    I like Chrome and use it on my Windows rig because of security (sandbox tabs) but I still like and use Firefox on my Linux rig and use Adblock and Noscript add ons with it.
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    cookoy , February 2, 2010 2:47 PM
    How did they come up with a weird 1337 amount?

    Q: How do you get your rewards?
    A: You have to figure the bug in our payment system first.
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    dawolf74 , February 2, 2010 3:15 PM
    @cookoy

    1337 = Leet as in Elite, as in "Leet Speak".

    Check an urban dictionary site.
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