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A combination of different parameters is used to calculate points. The two main parameters are the active install count of the reported component and the impact of the reported vulnerability (CVSS 3.1 base score). At the end of each month, points are summed up for each researcher meeting the previously mentioned requirements to establish a leaderboard.
Patchstack guarantees a monthly prize pool of at least $2425 (the lowest possible prize pool). Patchstack Alliance member who will collect the most points for a particular month from their submitted reports will get the $650 bounty, the second place will get $350 and the third will get $250.
We have extra bounties (single bounties) for reporting the vulnerability with the highest CVSS ver. 3.1 base score; the highest active install count; and for reporting a group of components affected by the same vulnerability.
Patchstack can reward individual Patchstack Alliance members at their discretion based on the overall impact of the vulnerabilities they discover.
We urge you to read the Terms & Conditions in full.
While we do accept all vulnerability reports, we only count points (used for the bounty leaderboard) for security vulnerabilities that match the following requirements:
Vulnerabilities that are still valid but don’t pass the requirements for bounties will be triaged, receive a CVE, processed, and published to the Patchstack Vulnerability database. More information is available in the Patchstack Alliance rules.
Right now, we have a guaranteed bounty pool of 2425 USD per month, and it’s growing.
Everyone can join the Patchstack Alliance as long as they are committed to making the WordPress ecosystem safer. By submitting at least one valid vulnerability report that meets the Patchstack Alliance vulnerability report submission requirements, you become a member of the Patchstack Alliance.
Community. We already have some of the best WordPress security talents so it might be interesting for you to join the discussions in our dedicated Discord channels.
Bounties. During our first year, we paid 18K in bounties.
We assign CVE IDs to your contributions. Receive credit for your findings in our WordPress vulnerability database.
The platform. Our reporting process and validation triage fast-track security patch creation for vendors, saving you time to do more research.
Patchstack Alliance is an open community of cyber security researchers, developers, pentesters, and bug bounty hunters who use our platform to research and report security issues in WordPress plugins to win monthly bounties, special competitions, and seasons.
💡 These rules are subject to change. We will notify you about any changes in the Alliance dedicated Slack account #general channel.