Firefox Pays 12-year-old $3,000 for Finding Security Flaw

by Developer.com Staff

Firefox bug hunter, 12-year-old Alex Miller, gets check for $3,000.

Mozilla upped the bounty to $3,000 for anyone who finds a security flaw. Alex Miller is a 12-year-old bug hunter who found a bug in Firefox and was paid $3,000 for his work.

"A Firefox loyalist, the University Prep Academy seventh-grader began his diligent search in the bowels of the browser for a bug that would qualify for the bounty," reported San Jose Mercury News's Anne Ward Ernst.

"He found something in an initial search and sent in a bug report, but it wasn't the right type of bug to qualify for the big bucks. Alex returned to the computer and his exploration. By Alex's estimation he spent about 90 minutes each day for about 10 days until he spotted it--a flaw in the memory of the running program."

This article was originally published on Monday Oct 25th 2010
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