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Identity Management Firm Okta Launches Bug Bounty Program

Cloud identity and mobility management services provider Okta announced on Wednesday the launch of a public bug bounty program with rewards of up to $15,000 per vulnerability.

Okta has been running a private bug bounty program with Bugcrowd for some time, but it has now decided to take advantage of the entire Bugcrowd community, which counts over 40,000 experts.

Hackers who want to take part in the program must create two accounts on oktapreview.com with their Bugcrowd ID and use them to conduct security testing. The highest rewards will be paid out for remote code execution ($15,000), full privilege escalation ($5,000 or $10,000 depending on severity), XXE local file read ($5,000) and SQL injection vulnerabilities ($5,000).

Okta is also looking for SAML or OAuth bugs, cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF), open redirection, information disclosure, insecure direct object reference (IDOR), business logic and other types of vulnerabilities. The minimum payout in the Okta bug bounty program is $50.

Testing must be limited to the accounts created on oktapreview.com (e.g. bugcrowd-%username%-1.oktapreview.com). Other domains, including okta.com and its subdomains, are out of scope.

Participants are also encouraged to submit “clever exploit chains,” but they must avoid going too far – for example, dumping sensitive information using compromised AWS access keys. Automated scanning and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks are prohibited, and bugs related to clickjacking, social engineering, password reset features, and the lack of various security mechanisms are specifically excluded.

Several important organizations decided to launch bug bounty programs over the past few months, including the U.S. Army, Apple, Kaspersky, Panasonic Avionics and Yelp.

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Eduard Kovacs is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.