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Facebook encourages white hat hackers, doubles advertising bug reward

20/10/2014

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Facebook announced this week that the company will be doubling its reward for developers who discover flaws in the firms advertising systems. The social networking site however has come to this decision after conducting a comprehensive security audit.

As stated by Facebook in a blog post, the company has raised the reward to encourage white hat hackers to report security vulnerabilities to the company. Although, the social media outlet found and fixed a number of security bugs through the audit, but would “like to encourage additional scrutiny from Whitehats to see what we might have missed.”

Facebook revealed that the bugs were found mainly in areas like redeeming the same ads coupon multiple times without expiry and retrieving name of an unpublished Page via the Ads Create Flow by guessing its Page ID.

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As informed by the Security engineer Collin Greene in a blog post, the pay-out levels will last until the end of the year and up till now the company has paid out $3 million in rewards.

“Since the vast majority of bug reports we work on with the Whitehat community are focused on the more common parts of Facebook code, we hope to encourage researchers to become more familiar with the surface area of ads to better protect the businesses that use them,” Greene writes.

Source: Facebook

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