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Google calls on the hack of Android apps – for a good cause

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 | bitcoin updates

  Google calls on the hack of Android apps – for a good cause



          20.10.2017 11:19 UhrDennis Schirrmacher

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              The Internet company is expanding its bug-bounty program and wants to pay premiums for gaps in its own Android apps. The program is also open to other, selected app developers.
            Now, security researchers can collect bonuses when they discover security gaps in certain Android apps. The whole thing is called Google Play Security Reward Program and is a complement to Google's previous bug bounty offers. The whole thing runs under the hood of the Hackerone platform. There also Nintendo and Spotify call for the bug search.
So far security researchers have been able to scan all Google apps like Gmail and Calendar. The program is also open to other developers – but obviously only for popular apps. At the moment Dropbox is on board. Currently there are eight app developers, others will follow. So far, no vulnerability has been reported via the program.
Extra bonus
To start the program, Google only wants to reward the finding of security holes that could be used by malicious users to execute malicious code. This must work from Android 4.4 and no second app may be necessary for a successful attack. The security researchers do not need to bypass the system's sandbox, Google explains. Per found gap of the required type, there is a reward of a maximum of 1000 US dollars – if the finder adheres to the rules and reporting rules of Google.
Google stresses that security researchers must report weaknesses in third-party apps directly to the respective developers. Only when the gap is closed, the researcher is entitled to the premium of Google. If the developer has his own bug bounty program and pays rewards, the security researcher gets the bonus from Google on top of it.




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