Facebook doubles advertising bug reward

Facebook has doubled reward levels for developers who point out flaws in the firm's advertising code.

By Silky Malhotra Published Date
20 - Oct - 2014
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20 - Oct - 2014
Facebook doubles advertising bug reward

Facebook has doubled its reward for developers who discover flaws in the firms advertising systems. The social networking site raised after conducting a comprehensive security audit.

Facebook stated in a blog post that the reward has risen in order to encourage white hat hackers to report security vulnerabilities to the company. The social network giant found and fixed a number of security bugs through the audit, but would "like to encourage additional scrutiny from Whitehats to see what we might have missed."

Facebook has stated that they have found bugs in areas like redeeming the same ads coupon multiple times without expiry and retrieving name of an unpublished Page via the Ads Create Flow by guessing its Page ID. Security engineer Collin Greene stated in a blog post that the pay-out levels will last until the end of the year. The social networking giant has paid out $3 million in rewards till date.

"Since the vast majority of bug reports we work on with the Whitehat community are focused on the more common parts of Facebook code, we hope to encourage researchers to become more familiar with the surface area of ads to better protect the businesses that use them," Greene writes.

Facebook has launched a new security tool called "Safety Check" last week. The new feature will allows users to check in and inform their friends and family they are safe during and after major disasters.

“During crises the Internet can be a powerful tool for sharing vital information and connecting people with their loved ones. The Safety Check tool is designed to serve the Facebook community when it matters most,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.

Source: Facebook