Zerodium payouts include up to $500,000 for RCE and privilege escalation vulnerabilities affecting popular instant messaging and email applications.
The zero-day and exploit broker Zerodium, founded by former VUPEN co-founder Chaouki Bekrar, offers $500,000 for a zero-day exploit in secure messaging Messaging (i.e. such as WhatsApp, Signal, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Telegram, WeChat, Viber) and Email App.
Secure messaging apps continues to represent a serious obstacle to the investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies and secret services, for this reason, zero-day exploits are precious commodities.
The firm has officially announced that it will reward experts for remote code execution and privilege escalation vulnerabilities affecting popular instant messaging and email applications.
Zerodium offers half a million dollars for SMS/MMS flaws and exploits targeting default email apps on both iOS and Android.
The company will pay up to $1.5 million for a remote iPhone jailbreak that will not need any user interaction, while the same exploit with user interaction will be paid up to $1 million.
Looking at the payout lists we can notice new entries in the mobile category, such as baseband, and media file and document vulnerabilities.
Zerodium will pay up to $100,000 for sandbox escapes, code-signing bypasses, kernel LPE, Wi-Fi RCE and LPE, and SS7 attacks.
Zerodium also announced that it would offer $300,000 for Windows 10 remote code execution zero days, especially exploits for Windows services such as SMB or RDP.
Web server zero days, specifically Apache on Linux and Microsoft IIS remote code execution attacks, goes for $150,000, while a Microsoft Outlook RCE is worth $100,000. Mozilla Thunderbird RCE and VMware ESXi guest-to-host escapes are both worth $80,000.
Zerodium payouts for Chrome, PHP, and OpenSSL attacks nearly doubled, meanwhile prices for antivirus privilege escalation flaws dropped from $40,000 to $10,000.
Tor RCEs on Linux and Windows jumped from $30,000 up to $100,000 and $80,000 respectively.
Zerodium payouts for Adobe Flash are up to $100,000 for exploits targeting the application.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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