The Ethereum Basis Bug Bounty Program is without doubt one of the earliest and longest working packages 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, working alongside the unique Bug Bounty Program.
The cut up of those packages is historic as a result of means 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, in the present day we’re joyful 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) ✨
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 interconnected, it’s more and more helpful 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 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 would definitely 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 packages and improve of the max reward, a number of steps have been taken to make clear the way to report vulnerabilities.
Repositories comparable to ethereum/consensus-specs and ethereum/go-ethereum now comprise data on the way to report vulnerabilities in SECURITY.md information.
security.txt is applied and accommodates details about the way to report vulnerabilities. The file itself can be found here.
DNS Safety TXT
DNS Security TXT is applied and accommodates details about the way to report vulnerabilities. This entry will be seen by working dig _security.ethereum.org TXT.
How are you going to get began? 🔨
With 9 completely different purchasers written in varied languages, Solidity, the Specs, and the deposit sensible contract all throughout the scope of the bounty program, there’s a lots for bounty hunters to dig into.
In case you’re searching for some concepts of the place to start out your bug looking 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 file, up till the Altair community improve.
We’re wanting ahead to your stories! 🐛