Chrome 14 Bug Bounty Worth a Cool $14,000+

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Software bugs are the gift that keep on giving, so long as companies like Google continue to offer up bounties for little critters that run amok on top of good code. We're not talking about chump change, either. On the contrary, Google forked over $14,337 in finder fees for the discovery of 32 vulnerabilities in Chrome, which the sultan of search then patched en route to rolling out Chrome 14 to its Stable channel.

The biggest payout was for a bug that granted unintended access to V8 built-in objects, a discovery that netted the finder $2,337. Other vulnerabilities were worth anywhere from $500 to $2,000 each, which Google can easily afford to pay, and bug hunters are more than happy to accept.

Chrome 14 paves the way for more powerful Web apps and games. There's a new Web Audio API that, in Google's words, "enables developers to add fancy audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization." Google also put effort into making Chrome run more smoothly on Mac OS X Lion, including initial support for Lion's full-screen mode.

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omegadraco replied on Sat, Sep 17 2011 10:44 PM

It is great of Google to pay bug hunters to make their browser the most secure one on the market.

Personally I still prefer Firefox primarily and now that they are making it more efficient in its memory use it is even better.

Unfortunately where I work we are forced to use IE 8. It certainly works but I don't really like it too much.

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"I'm using Chrome and I have never looked back, although I use Firefox once in while for Web Multi tasking. Its a great approach by Google to give programmers an incentive for the bug finds, truly make the browser safer and the user experience better.  "

"Out of subject, I would love for Adobe to follow Google's footstep, and offer even more money for people to find Adobe Flash bugs. I cant go by a day without my Browser crashing once or twice because of Flash, and Only Flash."

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 3:06 AM

Chrome is meh. If they ever made a 64-bit version then sure, I might jump on the bandwagon but as it is; no comprende Chrome.

Well it's nice that Google is offering a cash payment to those finding bugs but I digress with it making it a safe browser. I mean we have people reporting bugs and requesting features because it's open source. What happens if these bug fixers go towards Chrome instead of Firefox; we could have a buggy browser instead of one that's mostly flaw free.

Now for the Adobe thing. Luckily I have not had many browser crashes, and I'm using the preview version of Flash (Flash 11 64-bit); and if I did have a browser crash, no problem; just reload the tab. Seriously, the only way Flash could get better is if they made the entirety of it open source; then and only then will I get a non-preview version of Flash for my 64-bit PC.


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gazd1 replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 12:02 PM

I wish that I was more IT orientated & had the spare time to search, or did they find these bugs by haphazard means & that is all it was by.

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jonation replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 4:56 PM

its nice to see the care given. although i too prefer ff for the memory thing

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Inspector replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 7:19 PM

well thats nice of them, but they still aren't for me. Don't like the simple look they have so :P, they should pay me to use it now xD

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blah310 replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 7:20 PM

It's great move from Google to pay the bug hunters to make it much more secure, but i still prefer Firefox over Chrome. It is much more comfortable for multi tasking, and it's secure enough :)

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rrplay replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 7:52 PM

Nice to see a bit of a bounty and cash reward ..pretty much use Firefox latest and the Nightly build.Came across Comodo Dragon Browser which is sort of a tweener' between Chrome and Firefox .it's free and bit a bit of a hybrid..It almost like having Chrome underneath and Firefox on top.It may be more secure than FF underneath.anyways been a fan of the standalone Comodo firewall for some time.Since the FF Nightly does not support flash the Dragon does and I like it bit more than Chrome ..started using it over the weekend.>>  def worth checking out .

Edit :: thought this post that was similar was entered earlier today in this thread  and just re-posted from the forum

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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 18 2011 8:25 PM

I use FF most of the time. (IE Sucks BIG TIME) I also use Chrome occasionally if I think about it. Would like to be earning some of this good cash that they're giving out, but don't have the time to deal with finding the bugs.

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Aoshi replied on Wed, Sep 21 2011 2:38 AM

I recently switched to chome because firefox was crashing and freezing a lot. I wish I was smart enough to look through code and find bugs to make Chrome better. But this is just showing how serious Google is.

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