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Company Offering $30 Million for Android, iOS, Browser Zero-Day Exploits

Crowdfense has announced a $30 million exploit acquisition program covering Android, iOS, Chrome, and Safari zero-days.

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Exploit acquisition firm Crowdfense is offering a total of $30 million for zero-day exploits targeting Android, iOS, Chrome, and Safari.

Founded in 2017, Crowdfense describes itself as “a research hub and acquisition platform for high-quality zero-day exploits and advanced vulnerability research”.

In 2019, the company announced an exploit acquisition program for Android and iOS zero-day vulnerabilities, offering payouts of up to $3 million for full-chain, previously unreported exploits.

This year, the firm has revealed significantly higher rewards as part of the program, offering bounties of up to $9 million for zero-click full chain exploits deliverable via SMS or MMS messages.

Researchers able to deliver zero-click full chain exploits for Android may earn as much as $5 million, while those identifying similar zero-days in iOS could receive as much as $7 million for their findings, Crowdfense says.

Exploits leading to remote code execution and sandbox escape on iOS could earn researchers up to $3.5 million.

The company is willing to pay between $2 million and $3 million for Chrome exploits leading to remote code execution and local privilege escalation, and $2.5 million to $3.5 million for similar exploits targeting Safari.

Crowdfense is also offering hundreds of thousands of dollars for less impactful sandbox escape exploits targeting Chrome and Safari.

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According to the company, only fully functional, top-quality zero-day exploits will be evaluated as part of the program.

“Payouts for full-chains or previously unreported, exclusive capabilities, range from USD 10,000 to USD 9 million per successful submission. Partial chains will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and priced proportionally,” Crowdfense announced.

Crowdfense is not the only firm looking to acquire Android and iOS exploits. Last year, Russian zero-day acquisition firm Operation Zero announced it was willing to pay up to $20 million for full exploit chains targeting the iOS and Android mobile platforms, claiming “high demand on the market”.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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