Google launches vulnerability reward program to secure open-source software

by | Aug 30, 2022 | Technology

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Open source software security is in need of a massive overhaul. So many organizations rely on open source software to fulfill critical services and operations, but have next to no control over how these components are maintained. 

For this reason more and more private organizations are stepping up to the plate to help identify and fix vulnerabilities before attackers can exploit them. 

Just today, Google announced the launch of the Open Source Software Vulnerability Rewards Program (OSS VRP), which offers rewards of up to $31,337 for researchers who can find bugs in the open source ecosystem. 

The launch highlights that a crowdsourced approach to security has the potential to mitigate vulnerabilities in widely-used (but traditionally underfunded and under maintained) open source projects, and eliminate potential entry points into enterprise environments. 

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