The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is likely one of the earliest and longest working applications of its variety. 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, working alongside the unique Bug Bounty Program.
The cut up of those applications is historic because of the manner the Proof-of-Stake Consensus Layer was architected individually and in parallel to the prevailing 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 applications have remained separated.
In mild of the approaching Merge, right now we’re completely happy to announce that these two applications 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) ✨
Because the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer grow to be increasingly more interconnected, it’s more and more priceless to mix the safety efforts of those layers. There are already a number of efforts being organized by shopper groups and the group 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 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.
Impression Measurement 💥
The Bug Bounty Program is primarily targeted on securing the bottom layer of the Ethereum Community. With this in thoughts, the affect of a vulnerability is in direct correlation to the affect on the community as a complete.
Whereas, for instance, a Denial of Service vulnerability present in a shopper being utilized by <1% of the community will surely trigger points for the customers of this shopper, it will have the next affect on the Ethereum Community if the identical vulnerability existed in a shopper 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 how one can report vulnerabilities.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Security TXT is applied and accommodates details about how one can report vulnerabilities. This entry could be seen by working dig _security.ethereum.org TXT.
How are you going to get began? 🔨
With 9 totally different shoppers written in varied languages, Solidity, the Specs, and the deposit good contract all inside 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 start out your bug searching journey, check out the previously reported vulnerabilities. This was final up to date in March and accommodates all of the reported vulnerabilities we’ve on report, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re wanting ahead to your experiences! 🐛