Google offers bonus, prizes for finding bugs

The tech company has challenged techies to spot security bugs in Android 12, for which it will pay up to Rs 7 crore


Now that Android 12 is available on certain phones in a beta version, Google has struck upon a way to clear it of all bugs. It has sought help from techies to help debug it.

Google has called out to techies to spot and notify it of faults or shortcomings or vulnerabilities that could possibly affect the functions and responsiveness of the smartphones.

Under its Android Security Rewards Programme, Google will offer rewards of over Rs 7 crore to those who manage to find any serious snag.

Interested researchers will be expected to analyse the latest Android 12 Beta 1 and Android 12 Beta 1.1 builds for Pixel devices and find security vulnerability or bugs in the code of these two new Android 12 builds between May 18 and June 18. Those who succeed in doing so will be eligible for a 50 per cent bonus over and above the standard payout.

As per the website, Google will “reward critical, high, moderate, and low severity vulnerabilities.”

The eligible devices, for the bug programme are: Pixel 5, 4a, 4a 5G, 4, 4 XL, 3a, 3a XL, 3 and 3 XL.

The bugs that could be considered for the prize are those that may affect the security of the Android OS. The details are available on the Android Security Rewards Programme website. The Company will pay up to $100,000 if a security researcher manages to bypass the lock screen on the phone.

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