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EU to fund open-source bug bounty program

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Here's a cool way for white hat hackers to earn themselves some nice greens. The European Union is funding a bounty hunter program for a bunch of open-source projects.

Starting next year, cybersecurity-savvy individuals can get their hands dirty with a total of 14 projects: 7-zip, Apache Kafka, Apache Tomcat, Digital Signature Services (DSS), Drupal, Filezilla, FLUX TL, the GNU C Library (glibc), KeePass, midPoint, Notepad++, PuTTY, the Symfony PHP framework, VLC Media Player, and WSO2.

If they find any bugs or flaws, they are eligible for a total of €851m. Different programs have different bounties, so interested parties should take a closer look at the table here (opens in new tab). Also, hackers are eligible for rewards only if the bug they find results in an issued patch.

The EU body’s sponsorship comes as part of the Free and Open Source Software Audit (FOSSA) project.

"The issue made lots of people realise how important Free and Open Source Software is for the integrity and reliability of the Internet and other infrastructure," said Reda in her announcement. "Like many other organisations, institutions like the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission build upon Free Software to run their websites and many other things."

This is the third iteration of FOSSA’s bounty hunter program, after successful events in 2015 and 2017.

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