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Bitdefender Offers Up to $1,500 in Public Bug Bounty Program

Bitdefender announced on Wednesday the launch of a Bugcrowd-based public bug bounty program with rewards of up to $1,500.

The Romania-based security firm has been running a bug bounty initiative since late 2015, and it has now decided to launch a public program on Bugcrowd in an effort to take advantage of the skills of the 60,000 hackers registered on the platform.

The program covers the and websites and their subdomains, and the Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security and Bitdefender Total Security 2017 products.

The highest payout, between $900 and $1,500, can be earned for serious vulnerabilities, such as default credentials on a production server, local file inclusion, remote code execution, error-based and blind SQL injection, XML external entity (XXE) injection, authentication bypass, command injection, and exposure of sensitive data such as passwords or private API keys. The minimum reward offered by the security firm is $100.

Bitdefender’s bug bounty page on Bugcrowd lists a series of issues that are not in scope, and informs researchers of more than a dozen potential security problems that are considered “accepted risk” and ones that will only earn them kudos points.

“Being proactive rather than re-active to emerging security issues is a fundamental belief at Bitdefender,” said Alexandru Balan, chief security researcher at Bitdefender. “Bugcrowd enables access to a crowd of researchers with a variety of backgrounds and skills for continuous monitoring of security issues. Above that, their team is an extension of ours, working with us to ensure program success from scoping the program, to triaging submissions and ultimately helping us build more secure products.”

A majority of antivirus companies run a vulnerability disclosure program that encourages white hat hackers to responsibly report security holes. Some companies, such as Sophos and ESET, don’t offer any monetary rewards. Others promise significant payouts -- Avast up to $10,000, Kaspersky up to $5,000, and F-Secure up to $15,000. Malwarebytes offers between $100 and $1,000 per bug.

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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.