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Google launches a rewards program to improve the security of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9


Google launches a rewards program to improve the security of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

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June 17, 2015

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Google has announced the start of a new rewards program related to its operating system. In this case, the objective is to improve the security of the versions of Android installed on its two star devices, both presented at the end of 2014: the phablet Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 tablet. "We want to reward researchers who dedicate their time and effort to improving Android security with their contributions." They promise public recognition of those who discover a failure and most interestingly, economic compensation.

If you are on this topic, you will know that Google already has a similar program called "Patch Reward Program". But this program is not so closely related to Android and especially its devices, but it covers different open source projects of the Mountain View company. Both rewards programs will continue in parallel, so the arrival of the ?Android Security Rewards Program? does not invalidate the other.

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<p>In order to access these rewards, participating researchers and security experts must meet a series of requirements. The first and most basic is that the program focuses on the latest versions of Android available on Nexus devices currently on sale on Google Play, which implies that <strong>only Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are included</strong>. Therefore, watches with <strong>Android Wear, Project Tanto or Nexus Player</strong>. The program starts already, in June, and we assume that it will be extended to the new devices that are presented this year.</p>
<p>The errors that can be accepted if detected have to be related to the <strong>AOSP code, OEM codes (libraries and drives), the operating system kernel and TrustZone OS</strong>. Other types of codes, such as a processor's firmware, will only be eligible for rewards if they directly impact Android security.</p>
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