The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is among the earliest and longest operating packages of its type. It was launched in 2015 and focused the Ethereum PoW mainnet and associated software program. In 2020, a second Bug Bounty Program for the brand new Proof-of-Stake Consensus Layer was launched, operating alongside the unique Bug Bounty Program.
The cut up of those packages is historic because of the approach the Proof-of-Stake Consensus Layer was architected individually and in parallel to the present Execution Layer (contained in the PoW chain). For the reason that launch of the Beacon Chain in December of 2020, the technical structure between the Execution Layer and the Consensus Layer has been distinct, aside from the deposit contract, so the 2 bug bounty packages have remained separated.
In mild of the approaching Merge, right now we’re pleased to announce that these two packages have been efficiently merged by the superior ethereum.org crew, and that the max bounty reward has been considerably elevated!
Merge (of the Bug Bounty Applications) ✨
With The Merge approaching, the 2 beforehand disparate bug bounty packages have been merged into one.
Because the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer develop into increasingly more interconnected, it’s more and more invaluable to mix the safety efforts of those layers. There are already a number of efforts being organized by consumer groups and the neighborhood to additional improve information and experience throughout the 2 layers. Unifying the Bounty Program will additional improve visibility and coordination efforts on figuring out and mitigating vulnerabilities.
Elevated Rewards 💰
The max reward of the Bounty Program is now $250,000 (paid out in ETH or DAI) for vulnerabilities in scope. Upgrades dwell on public testnets and focused for a Mainnet launch are additionally scope, and rewards are doubled throughout this time, which implies that the max reward is $500,000 throughout these intervals!
In complete, this marks a 10x improve from the earlier most payout on Consensus Layer bounties and a 20x improve from the earlier max payout on Execution Layer bounties.
Affect Measurement 💥
The Bug Bounty Program is primarily centered on securing the bottom layer of the Ethereum Community. With this in thoughts, the impression of a vulnerability is in direct correlation to the impression on the community as a complete.
Whereas, for instance, a Denial of Service vulnerability present in a consumer being utilized by <1% of the community will surely trigger points for the customers of this consumer, it will have a better impression on the Ethereum Community if the identical vulnerability existed in a consumer utilized by >30% of the community.
Along with the merge of the bounty packages and improve of the max reward, a number of steps have been taken to make clear how one can report vulnerabilities.
Repositories reminiscent of ethereum/consensus-specs and ethereum/go-ethereum now comprise data on how one can report vulnerabilities in SECURITY.md information.
security.txt is carried out and comprises details about how one can report vulnerabilities. The file itself can be found here.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Security TXT is carried out and comprises details about how one can report vulnerabilities. This entry might be seen by operating dig _security.ethereum.org TXT.
How will you get began? 🔨
With 9 completely different purchasers written in numerous languages, Solidity, the Specs, and the deposit sensible contract all throughout the scope of the bounty program, there’s a loads for bounty hunters to dig into.
Should you’re on the lookout for some concepts of the place to begin your bug searching journey, check out the previously reported vulnerabilities. This was final up to date in March and comprises all of the reported vulnerabilities now we have on report, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re wanting ahead to your studies! 🐛