Here comes good news for all researchers who demanded errors for macOS. Three years ago, at Black Hat USA 2016, Apple announced its bug bounty program offering up to $ 200,000 in payouts. Now, Apple once again chose the platform for the same event to announce another happy announcement. As announced at Black Hat USA 2019, the Apple Bug Bounty program will now also include macOS. In addition, they have announced large payments for the reported errors.
Apple Bug Bounty Program Scope Expansion
It is alleged that Apple has announced a major expansion of the scope of the bug reward program. The program, which previously only focused on iOS, will now also cover macOS, as required by security researchers for quite a long time.
The news emerged online following an announcement from Ivan Krstic, Apple's chief of engineering and architecture, at Black Hat USA 201
Bounties Up to $ 500K; Special iPhones for Hackers
What makes the revised program more enticing is the huge amount offered as bounty. Previously, bug reports could win up to $ 200,000 for reporting iOS errors.
However, the technology giant is now willing to pay up to $ 500,000 for errors that give zero clicks to users' valuable data. While a simple bypass with a lock screen can also let a hacker win $ 100,000. Apple also offers a 50% bonus on payments for reporting bugs in pre-release buildings.
In addition, Apple also offers up to $ 1 million for iOS errors that allow full access to the device without physical interaction.
Apple will also provide uncured iPhones to selected security researchers as part of the & # 39; iOS Security Research Device Program & # 39 ;. As Krstic told Bloomberg, these special iPhones will disable security features, thus providing deeper access to the researchers.
This move allows scientists to detect the vulnerabilities before any malicious hacker. It will be an invitation program to be launched next year.
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