Google To Reward Fixes For Open Source Software

Google is expanding the scope of the financial rewards it offers to security researchers who identify errors in software code. To complement its existing Vulnerability Reward Program for its Web applications and Chrome browser, the company has introduced Patch Rewards , a program that goes beyond flaw finding to flaw fixing: It will pay hackers for code contributions that get applied to certain open-source projects. Michal Zalewski, a security engineer at Google, characterizes the initiative as an effort “to improve the security of key third-party software critical to the health of the entire Internet.”

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