Safety researchers are conserving Android and Chrome protected with their vulnerability disclosures

As Google detailed earlier this week, it is consistently making an attempt to enhance safety on Android and different merchandise. Whereas the corporate has a proficient workforce of builders working in direction of this aim, bugs and vulnerabilities inevitably slip by the cracks. That is the place the corporate’s Vulnerability Rewards Packages (VRPs) are available in, with the corporate paying out bounties to safety researchers who responsibly disclose points in Google merchandise. 2022 has been the packages’ most profitable 12 months but, with Google paying out over $12 million throughout Android, Chrome, and extra.


In 2022, Google paid out $4.8 million to safety researchers discovering vulnerabilities in Android, together with the one paid report within the historical past of this system at $605,000. The Chrome program is equally with a complete of $4 million with the bulk going to Chrome researchers, and about $500,000 to those that discovered points in ChromeOS. The remainder of the cash was paid out throughout the corporate’s additional packages, together with Google Play and the corporate’s new Open Supply VRP, which is supposed to supply rewards for many who discover points in Google’s open supply tasks.


Supply: Google

In comparison with 2021, final 12 months represents a rise, with the corporate going from $8.7 million to $12 million in payouts. Partly, that is as a result of the corporate affords additional incentives and has added extra qualifying units to its checklist, like Fitbit and Google Nest units. The addition of its Open Supply program, talked about earlier, certainly additionally helped.

This 12 months, in 2023, the corporate desires to supply extra experiments throughout the Chrome program. There are alleged to be bonus alternatives and different experiments for many who discover bugs and vulnerabilities in Chrome and ChromeOS. The corporate additionally added greater than 20 educational movies for researchers who need to disclose points, making the method simpler than it was earlier than.

Even when $12 million may seem to be an enormous quantity, it is peanuts when in comparison with Google’s 2022 income of about $280 billion. The funding makes a variety of sense for the corporate, as actively exploited vulnerabilities pose a a lot higher danger to its backside line than any such rewards program might ever be.