The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is among the earliest and longest operating applications of its sort. 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 applications is historic as a result of approach the Proof-of-Stake Consensus Layer was architected individually and in parallel to the prevailing Execution Layer (contained in the PoW chain). Because the 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 applications have remained separated.
In mild of the approaching Merge, immediately we’re completely happy to announce that these two applications have been efficiently merged by the superior ethereum.org workforce, and that the max bounty reward has been considerably elevated!
Merge (of the Bug Bounty Packages) ✨
Because the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer develop into an increasing number of interconnected, it’s more and more beneficial 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 enhance data and experience throughout the 2 layers. Unifying the Bounty Program will additional enhance 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 reside 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 durations!
In whole, this marks a 10x enhance from the earlier most payout on Consensus Layer bounties and a 20x enhance from the earlier max payout on Execution Layer bounties.
Affect Measurement 💥
The Bug Bounty Program is primarily targeted 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 could 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 applications and enhance of the max reward, a number of steps have been taken to make clear the best way to report vulnerabilities.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Safety TXT is applied and incorporates details about the best way to report vulnerabilities. This entry may be seen by operating dig _security.ethereum.org TXT.
How are you going to get began? 🔨
With 9 completely different purchasers written in numerous languages, Solidity, the Specs, and the deposit good contract all throughout the scope of the bounty program, there’s a a lot for bounty hunters to dig into.
For those who’re on the lookout for some concepts of the place to start out your bug searching journey, check out the beforehand reported vulnerabilities. This was final up to date in March and incorporates all of the reported vulnerabilities now we have on document, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re trying ahead to your reviews! 🐛