High School Student Earns $10,000 for Discovering Bug in Google App Engine

Wednesday Aug 16th 2017 by Developer.com Staff
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The vulnerability in Google's cloud computing service could have led to data leaks.

Ezequiel Pereira, a high school student in Uruguay, said that Google has paid him $10,000 as part of its bug bounty program. Pereira went looking for vulnerabilities in Google App Engine because he was bored. Eventually, he found a way to access the servers for the cloud development service without being authenticated.

The teenager reported the issue to Google and submitted proof-of-concept evidence. Several weeks later he was surprised to receive an email from the company that informed him of the large payout.

Google pays up to $30,000 for remote code execution bugs.

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