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Atlassian Launches Public Bug Bounty Program

Team collaboration and productivity software provider Atlassian announced this week the launch of a Bugcrowd-based public bug bounty program with rewards of up to $3,000 per vulnerability.

Atlassian has been running a private bug bounty program and the company has now decided to take advantage of all the 60,000 researchers who have signed up on the Bugcrowd platform to help find security holes in its products.

The initiative covers Confluence and JIRA products, including Android and iOS mobile apps, and * domains hosting services that interact with the company’s products. Bug bounty hunters will have to create their own Atlassian cloud instances using their Bugcrowd email address.Atlassian launches bug bounty program

Other products, the Atlassian websites, customer cloud instances, billing systems, internal or development services, and third-party add-ons are out of scope.

The company is interested in cross-instance data leakage and access, remote code execution, server-side request forgery (SSRF), reflected and stored cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF), SQL injection, XML external entity (XXE), access control, and directory traversal flaws.

As for rewards, most of the targeted products qualify for “tier 1” rewards. Critical vulnerabilities in these products can earn researchers up to $3,000, while the least serious flaws are worth $100. Confluence Team Calendars is the only “tier 2” product and the maximum reward is $1,500 per flaw.

Since the launch of its bug bounty program, Atlassian has paid out rewards for 39 vulnerabilities, with the average payout at roughly $500.

“The economics of bug bounties are too overwhelming to ignore,” said Daniel Grzelak, head of security at Atlassian. “Our traditional application security practice produces great results early in the lifecycle and deep in our services, but the breadth and depth of post-implementation assurance provided by the crowd really completes the secure development lifecycle. Multiplying the specialization of a single bounty hunter by the size of the crowd creates a capability that just can’t be replicated by individual organizations.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at 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.