Patchstack Red Team is a community of ethical hackers and developers who use our platform to research and report security issues in WordPress plugins to win monthly bounties and compete in annual competitions for grand prizes.
First off – community. We already have some of the best WordPress security talents so it might be interesting for you to join the discussions in the Red Team dedicated Slack channels.
Second thing – bounties. We paid almost 10K USD in the first six months of the Patchstack Red Team existence. In addition, we have monthly competition bounty pools and also annual grand prizes. Moreover, you will get early access to the Patchstack Red Team platform.
Other perks like triages and CVE IDs for your vulnerabilities are included. We will contact the vendors to save your time and make the patching process quicker before disclosing your research in our WordPress vulnerability database.
For now, we are "Invite Only". Submit three or more valid vulnerability reports for WordPress ecosystem components (WordPress plugins, themes, or even core) and we might send an invitation your way. We also keep an open eye for your previously discovered vulnerabilities.
Yes! Patchstack and our partners want to make WordPress and open-source safer by motivating researchers to check all WordPress ecosystem components despite their nature. Thanks to our partners, we can offer bounties for finding vulnerabilities in free as well premium WordPress components (even when the vendor does not pay bounties).
The annual competition is accessible to anyone who submits at least one vulnerability to us any time during the year. Monthly competitions are available only for Patchstack Red Team members.
Right now, we have a guaranteed bounty pool of 1500 USD per month, and it's growing.
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 and will be counted for annual WP BUG HUNT prizes. More information is available in the Patchstack Red Team rules.
Our bounty pool is split into fixed bounties. All researchers who provide at least three valid vulnerability reports per month share a small part of the bounty pool and the TOP 3 receive more significant bounties. Right now, we have a guaranteed bounty pool of 1500 USD per month, and it's growing.
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.
For now, we only support PayPal payments with more alternatives coming soon. We cover all payout (PayPal) fees so you receive the exact amount promised. We are not responsible for other fees such as withdrawal or local taxes.
Stored CrossSite Scripting (XSS) vulnerability
Authenticated Stored CrossSite Scripting (XSS) vulnerability
WP Mail Logging
Using Components with Known Vulnerabilities (vulnerable Redux Framework version)
SQL Injection (SQLi) vulnerability