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Dropbox Paid Out Over $1 Million Through Bug Bounty Program

File hosting company Dropbox says it has awarded researchers over $1 million for vulnerabilities reported through its bug bounty program.

File hosting company Dropbox says it has awarded researchers over $1 million for vulnerabilities reported through its bug bounty program.

Dropbox launched its bug bounty program in 2014 and in April 2015 it announced a program on the HackerOne platform. The bug bounty program currently covers the company’s main websites, its Paper collaborative workspace service, and its desktop and mobile applications.

Rewards range between $216 and over $32,000, with the top amount offered for critical remote code execution vulnerabilities affecting Dropbox servers.

The company says it has paid out more than $1 million to date. This includes over $318,000 via the HackerOne platform for nearly 300 vulnerabilities and more than $330,000 at a live hacking event that took place last year in Singapore.

Dropbox has also shared a list of its favorite bug reports, which includes vulnerabilities that could have been exploited to access password-protected documents, gain access to a user’s Paper documents, access internal Dropbox services via server-side request forgery (SSRF), steal file content, and perform ImageTragick attacks.

“To those outside of the security community, it may seem counterintuitive that you can make your platform safer by encouraging security researchers to attack you, but that’s exactly the value that these programs deliver,” the Dropbox product security team said in a blog post. “This process of discovering and remediating bugs is key to our maintaining a highly secure organization and increasingly hardened product surfaces.”

Related: Google Paid Out $6.5 Million Through Bug Bounty Programs in 2019

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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.

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