Apple is willing to reward researchers for finding bug into its products. The iPhone maker has opened its previously-closed bug bounty programme for all security researchers where it will pay a lucrative amount to the ones that find and report them to Apple Product Security, depending on the flaw discovered. The instructions are strict where a full chain exploit will have to be submitted with the report.
The announcement of expanding its program to the public and including iCloud, iPad, macOS, tvOS and watch OS was made at the Black Hat conference in August. Apple’s bug bounty programme have payouts ranging from $1,00,000 to $1 million. There are different bounty categories such as bugs in iCloud, device attacks via physical access, network access with user interaction among others.
Until now it offered an invitation-based bug bounty program for selected security researchers and accepted only security bugs. The company has been devoting more resources towards security like a special iPhone specifically made for security researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas this year.
Apple launched its security bounty programme in 2016 and offered researchers up to $2,00,000 to find and report vulnerabilities in its system. Giving rewards for finding bugs is not uncommon for tech companies. Google has also a similar bounty scheme where it offers rewards for researchers and hackers. Apple’s bug bounty seems to be one of the most lucrative among the existing ones.
This new addition in Apple security could be a response to the myriad problems with the buggy iOS 13. Last month Bloomberg reported that as the company prepares for the release of iOS 14 in 2020, it changed the way it tests software and is in-line with how Google, Microsoft, and other companies isolate and test changes in their software.
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