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Bigger Rewards, New Targets Announced for Mozilla Bug Bounty Program

Mozilla is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Firefox web browser with significant updates to the organization’s bug bounty program, including new targets and bigger rewards.

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that it’s doubling all payouts for vulnerabilities found in critical and core websites and services, and the maximum reward for remote code execution flaws affecting critical sites has been tripled to $15,000.

Mozilla says the increased bounties have already been applied to the most recent vulnerability reports.

The list of critical and core assets covered by the program has also been updated, with several new websites and services added to each category. The Autograph crypto signature service, the new Lando code-landing service, the Phabricator code management tool, and the Taskcluster task execution framework have been added to the list of critical assets.

The Firefox Monitor data breach notification tool, the Speak to Me speech recognition API, the Ship It release request system, the Firefox Private Network privacy extension, the Payment Subscription service, and the Localization service have been added to the list of core assets.

Mozilla says the goal of these changes is to encourage researchers to analyze its websites and services, and help it make its products safer.

The organization has been running a bug bounty program since 2004 and it has paid out millions of dollars in bounties. Mozilla told bug bounty hunters last year that they should not be concerned about legal action being taken against them as long as they stay away from user data.

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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.