GitLab has increased its bounty for vulnerabilities found in its products by 75%.
GitLab has raised the bounty for vulnerabilities found in its products. Thus, the amount of remuneration for critical vulnerabilities increased by 75% and now amounts to $ 20-35 thousand, and for less dangerous ones – by 50%.
GitLab has joined the list of companies that have increased the amount of remuneration for researchers for discovering and reporting vulnerabilities in their products. Microsoft, Google and Atlassian have also increased rewards over the past two years.
Bug bounty popularity has grown as companies have seen how they fuel internal vulnerability discovery programs, mitigate risk and ultimately reduce the cost of vulnerability discovery, GitLab VP of Security, Jonathan Hunt, told Dark Reading.
By increasing the amount of remuneration, GitLab keeps pace with many other software companies. A year ago, Microsoft increased the maximum reward for vulnerabilities in Windows to $ 100K and added important bonuses for vulnerabilities in various applications and cloud services during the year.
Microsoft has 17 bug bounty programs in which 341 researchers submitted a total of 1,261 vulnerability qualification reports, generating a total of $ 13.6 million.
In 2020, Google nearly doubled its vulnerability bounty and paid out $ 6.7 million to 662 researchers. The maximum amount of remuneration paid for one vulnerability was $ 132.5 thousand.
In May of this year, Atlassian doubled the amount of remuneration for vulnerabilities in key products to $ 10 thousand. The competitor of GitLab and Atlassian Bitbucket, the GitHub service, paid researchers $ 524 thousand for reporting 203 vulnerabilities. The maximum remuneration for GitLab is currently $ 5,000. This is more than what GitHub offers, but as stated in GitHub, it adheres to flexible policies, and may pay more for especially dangerous vulnerabilities.
GitLab and other companies are currently developing strategies to attract the most talented researchers to analyze their platforms. However, increasing the amount of reward for critical vulnerabilities is not at all necessary for this, says Hunt.
“As for us, we could increase the amount of the reward to $ 100 thousand, but there are only a few such vulnerabilities per year, so if we did just that, then in the end we would pay a lot of money to only two people. Most people do not catch the P1 vulnerabilities (priority 1 issues – ed.), it frustrates the rest, and they do not want to participate. We aim to increase engagement across the board, “- said Hunt.
Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically
Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.
The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.
At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.
A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.
So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems
Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.
According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.
The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.
The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.
New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers
A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.
While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.
The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.
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