Looking to put your bug hunting skills to good use and earn yourself a pretty penny in the process?
The latest challenge, v8CTF, is a capture-the-flag based bug hunting challenge open to exploit writers.
The 0-day Lottery
As part of Google’s standard Vulnerability Reward Program (VRP), lucky hunters can bag themselves tens of thousands of dollars for discovering and demonstrating the severity of a security vulnerability in any Google or Alphabet subsidiary.
Rewards are offered in the discovery of both known and new vulnerabilities, known as n-day and 0-day vulnerabilities respectively, with rewards available from both the VRP and the v8CTF reward program, with the latter offering $10,000 for each 0-day discovery and exploitation.
“We want to learn from the security community to understand how they will approach this challenge. If you’re successful, you’ll not only earn a reward, but you’ll also help us make our products more secure for everyone. This is also a good opportunity to learn about technologies and gain hands-on experience exploiting them,” Google software engineers Stephen Roettger and Marios Pomonis stated in the Google security blog.
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Benedict Collins is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Pro covering privacy and security. Before settling into journalism Ben worked as a Livestream Production Manager, covering games in the National Ice Hockey League for 5 years and contributing heavily to the advancement of livestreaming within the league.
He has a MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy, alongside a BA in Politics with Journalism, both from the University of Buckingham. Outside of work Ben follows many sports; most notably ice hockey and rugby. When not running or climbing, Ben can most often be found deep in the shrubbery of a pub garden.