The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is without doubt one of the earliest and longest operating applications 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 applications is historic because of the method 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 applications have remained separated.
In mild of the approaching Merge, at present we’re joyful to announce that these two applications have been efficiently merged by the superior ethereum.org group, and that the max bounty reward has been considerably elevated!
Merge (of the Bug Bounty Packages) ✨
Because the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer turn out to be 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 group to additional improve data 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(paidoutinETHorDAI)forvulnerabilitiesinscope.UpgradesliveonpublictestnetsandtargetedforaMainnetreleasearealsoscope,andrewardsaredoubledduringthistime,whichmeansthatthemaxrewardis250,000 (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 signifies that the max reward is 500,000 throughout these durations!
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 would definitely trigger points for the customers of this consumer, it will have the next 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 improve of the max reward, a number of steps have been taken to make clear methods to report vulnerabilities.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Security TXT is applied and accommodates details about methods to report vulnerabilities. This entry will be seen by operating 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 lots for bounty hunters to dig into.
In the event you’re searching 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 now we have on file, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re wanting ahead to your stories! 🐛