Speaking with the team at Open Bug Bounty was the highlight of her day for Aviva Zacks of Safety Detectives. She learned that their community-driven spirit is exactly what advantageously differentiates their project from the others out there.
Hey Folks,You probably noticed many small improvements of OBB made in April. We have also improved our website owner notification system to maximize rapidity, reliability and clarity of notifications.Some of you currently don’t have emails in your researcher profiles: this creates hurdles for website owners to reach out to you. Eventually, this slows down your…
The recognition, however, comes with the responsibility – an inalienable part of our project. During the last days we received several complaints about automated submissions of irrelevant findings such as WordPress XMMRPC file existence. The value of such submissions for website owners is at least questionable.
Therefore, as of today, all CWE-200 submissions without practical value – including phpinfo pages – will be rejected and deleted. You may still submit them within the scope of the running bug bounty programs – if the website owner expressly marked that s/he wishes to get such submissions.
We also remind that the purpose of our project is quality of the submissions, not their quantity. All usage of automated tools will lead to account suspension – let’s bring value to the website owners and suitably support their efforts to secure their websites!
First of all, we wish you a Happy and Secure New Year 2020:
With almost half-a-million vulnerability reports today, we are happy to present you a brief recap of our relentless and steady growth in 2019 attained with your valuable support and contribution that we greatly appreciate:
203,449 security vulnerabilities were reported in total (500 per day), being a 32% yearly grow
101,931 vulnerabilities were fixed by website owners, likewise showing a 30% growth compared to the previous year
5,832 new security researchers joined the community, making the total number of researchers and security experts 13,532
383 new bug bounty programs were created by website owners, now offering 657 programs in total with over 1342 websites to test
Best security researchers and top-rated Bug Bounty programs are available on the main page of our website, where we recently refreshed the design.
In 2020, we plan to introduce new features requested by the researchers and website owners to further improve their experience, accelerate smooth communications and reduce vulnerability remediation time.
New DevSecOps vulnerability data export options are also coming soon to facilitate crowd security testing integration with corporate CI/CD and DevSecOps strategy.
We are receiving a considerable number of incoming proposals from commercial companies to support the project, or even to merge with their own solutions and platforms. We may consider one or even several partnerships in 2020 to ensure even a faster development of our project, however, the Open Bug Bounty will always remain open, community-driven and free.
Please don’t hesitate to promote our project among you contacts and on social networks!
Open Bug Bounty community is growing: we have over 400 [fee free] bug bounty programs running now, and over 200,000 fixed security vulnerabilities. To facilitate further sustainable growth and to help website owners spot accidental exposure of personal data (PII) on their websites in a timely manner, we implemented a new type of non-intrusive submission – GDPR PII Exposure.
Here is how it works:
Researches who find an unprotected document (e.g. PDF, MS Office document, HTML page, etc) with personal data (PII) can now report this to the website owner in a reliable and discreet manner.
Website owners will be able to promptly remove or anonymize the data if the published PII is in a potential violation of GDPR requirements.
Open Bug Bounty will not process or store any PII, and will only require anonymized sample of data for submission verification purposes.
Please carefully read the guidelines and make sure you will deliver value and support to the website owners when submitting such entries. Website owners are welcome to update their bug bounty programs, as usual and as always at no cost – we remain a free and non-profit project.
Among other upcoming improvements and updates:
new badges for the best bloggers – you can share your researcher experience in our blog
a free API for bug bounty owners (to quickly fetch vulnerabilities reported on their websites)
a possibility to edit unapproved reports for security researchers
our website speed tuning by adding new caching system