Facebook announced on Friday that it’s offering significant rewards through its bug bounty program for vulnerabilities found in Hermes and Spark AR.
Vulnerabilities found in native Facebook code have been covered by its bug bounty program, but the company says it wants to encourage security researchers to analyze Hermes and Spark AR, which is why it has significantly increased bug bounties.
“The amount may be adjusted depending on the particular bug and exploit. For example, an exploit chain missing an ASLR bypass may result in a slightly lower payout. Similarly, an out-of-bounds write where there isn’t a clear path to RCE will receive a lower payout,” Facebook explained.
A vulnerability that allows an attacker to read user data can be worth, on average, $15,000. Denial-of-service (DoS) flaws resulting from out-of-bounds read or write bugs can earn researchers between $500 and $3,000.
They can also earn a bonus of up to $15,000 if they provide a full proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit, which means that they could receive $40,000 for a remote code execution vulnerability.
Last year, Facebook paid out more than $2.2 million through its bug bounty program, and a total of nearly $10 million since the launch of its program in 2011.
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