The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is likely one of the earliest and longest operating packages of its form. 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 break up of those packages is historic as a result of manner the Proof-of-Stake Consensus Layer was architected individually and in parallel to the present 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, apart from the deposit contract, so the 2 bug bounty packages have remained separated.
In mild of the approaching Merge, in the present day we’re completely happy to announce that these two packages 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 Applications) ✨
Because the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer change into increasingly interconnected, it’s more and more useful to mix the safety efforts of those layers. There are already a number of efforts being organized by consumer groups and the group 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 500,000 throughout these intervals!
In whole, 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.
Influence Measurement 💥
The Bug Bounty Program is primarily centered on securing the bottom layer of the Ethereum Community. With this in thoughts, the influence of a vulnerability is in direct correlation to the influence 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 would definitely trigger points for the customers of this consumer, it could have the next influence 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 the best way to report vulnerabilities.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Security TXT is applied and comprises details about the best way to report vulnerabilities. This entry will be seen by operating dig _security.ethereum.org TXT.
How will you get began? 🔨
With 9 completely different shoppers written in varied 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 in search of 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 we have now on document, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re trying ahead to your experiences! 🐛