Windows flaw found; bug hunters paid bounty by Google

Google is known to pay up for finding flaws in its software, including its Chrome web browser. This week, at the same time that Google released the latest stable version of Chrome, the company also announced that it had paid quite a bit of money to a number of people who found issues with the browser.

The official Chrome blog site posted up word on these new bug bounties this week. However, one reward was given to two software developers who found a flaw in Windows, not in Chrome. The blog even makes mention of this, saying:

Occasionally, we issue special rewards for bugs outside of Chrome, particularly where the bug is very severe and/or we are able to partially work around the issue.

The company is sending $5,000 to Eetu Luodemaa and Joni Vahamaki of Documill, who alerted Google to a "critical" kernel memory corruption issue in Windows. Overall, Google paid out $29,500 in its latest bug hunt. That included giving a total of $15,000 to well known bug finder Sergey Glazunov. He was given $10,000 for finding a cross-site scripting vulnerability in Chrome, along with another $5,000 for discovering another Chrome bug.

Source: Chrome blog
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