In addition, the company also increased its maximum reward reward for errors from $ 200,000 to $ 1,500,000, depending on the complexity and severity of the operating chain.
Till now, Apple organized an invitation-based bug bounty program for selected researchers and accepted only iOS related bugs. The forthcoming program hopes to more hackers and security researchers to disclose exploits and vulnerabilities, which would lead to more safe and secure devices for the public. It intends to match bounty payments with donations to qualifying charities and publicly recognize the researchers who submit valid reports going forward.
"Bounty payments are determined by the level of access or execution achieved by the reported issue, modified by the quality of the report".
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To make it official, Apple has also published a new page on its website today detailing the bug bounty program's rules, along with a breakdown of the rewards researchers stand to earn per the exploits they submit. As it promised last month, it has partnered with a professional security platform, namely HackerOne, to get more pros testing its systems.
Provide a clear report, which includes a working exploit (detailed below). Since then, the company has promised to launch a new bug bounty program by the end of the year 2019.
Also, the bonus will be awarded for revealing "regressive bugs" or those bugs that were patched once, but have resurfaced in the latest version of the software.
Apple's been pretty vocal about security and privacy being built into its products and services, even to the point where the company's hit out at the likes of Google and Facebook and their data collection practices. The researchers can earn the highest payout ($1 million) by reporting vulnerabilities that allow for "zero-click or one-click attacks".