Google offers reward of around Rs 7 crore to technical developers who finds bug in Android 12

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Google offers a reward of around Rs 7 crore to technical developers who will find a bug in Android 12.

New Delhi: Android 12 is now available on select phones but in the early beta phase. It means that it is full of bugs that spoil your smartphone experience and interfere with the phone’s functions and make it unresponsive. It is likely that this build also has some vulnerability that affects the security of the OS phone. The best thing of this program is that Google offers a prize of around Rs 7 crore to technical developers who find a bug or vulnerability in Android 12.

Security researchers interested in Google’s bug bounty program will need to analyse the latest Android 12 Beta 1 and Android 12 Beta 1.1 builds for Pixel devices. Google has said that anyone who finds a security vulnerability in two new Android 12 makes between May 18 and June 18 will be eligible for a 50 percent bonus in addition to the standard payment. 
These issuers are difficult to detect even with Google’s large technical team and may be responsible for crashes in smartphone software. Therefore, the tech giant is inviting bug seekers as part of its Android Security Rewards program.
The Android Security Rewards Program covers a bug in the code that runs on eligible devices and is not already included by the company are other reward programs.

According to Google, the eligible devices for the bug reward program are

  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL

Other Bugs Included

Google also noted vulnerabilities considered eligible under the bug bounty program. These bugs include AOSP code, OEM code (library and drivers), kernel, secure element code, and TrustZone OS and modules. Some other weaknesses in non-Android code may also qualify “if they affect the security of Android OS.” Google will offer a bonus award for a complete exploitation series described in detail on the Android Security Rewards Program website.

The payment for finding bugs is $ 1,000,000.

If a security researcher manages to bypass the lock screen on the phone, Google will also pay up to $ 100,000. It includes bypass exploits achieved using software that can affect other devices as well. Spoofing using synthetic biometric solutions like fake masks or fingerprints will not qualify for the award.

Google has mentioned what it finds worthy and deserving of vulnerabilities discovered by security researchers. “In general, we will reward critical, high, medium, and low sharpness vulnerabilities,” Google said. Also, security researchers will need to make sure that they are looking for bugs in Android builds older than 30 days. The last date for submission of findings is June 18.

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