Intel is enlisting more people to help track down other bugs like Meltdown and Spectre. The company has spiked the bug bounty so that more researchers’ sign up to spot Meltdown and Spectre like holes. This means that the program is open to all security researchers without an invitation and comes with the big bag of goodies, once the job is done.
As part of this research program, Intel is offering up to $100,000 for disclosing general security flaws. There’s also a new program dedicated to side channel vulnerabilities for issues like Spectre and Meltdown. This program offers up to $250,000 through December 31st of this year.
Intel is offering a higher bounty from the complexity of demonstrating exploits. However, unlike other software-driven attacks, there’s a bigger trick in finding flaws like Meltdown and Spectre. For this, researchers require extensive know-how.
This program could help Intel’s promise of more secure chips in 2018. Intel has said that the bug bounty program will continue to “evolve.” However, one thing is certain: Intel is racing to identify as many processor-related flaws it can find in its CPUs. The end date on the side channel bounty sets a firm limit on what the program will achieve!