What you need to know
- Security researcher Jack Dates discovered a zero-day exploit with Safari.
- The researcher earned $100,000 for the discovery.
- The Zero Day Initiative pays security researchers to responsibly uncover vulnerabilities.
A security researcher has earned $100,000 for discovering a Safari exploit at the Zero Day hackathon event.
As reported by MacRumors, security researcher Jack Dates discovered a Safari to kernel zero-day exploit during the event, earning Dates $100,00.
Congratulations Jack! Landing a 1-click Apple Safari to Kernel Zero-day at #Pwn2Own 2021 on behalf of RET2: https://t.co/cfbwT1IdAt pic.twitter.com/etE4MFmtqsCongratulations Jack! Landing a 1-click Apple Safari to Kernel Zero-day at #Pwn2Own 2021 on behalf of RET2: https://t.co/cfbwT1IdAt pic.twitter.com/etE4MFmtqs— RET2 Systems (@ret2systems) April 6, 2021April 6, 2021
The Zero Day Initiative, as it explains on the website, encourages security researchers to find zero-day vulnerabilities by compensating them for their discoveries.
You can check out an overview of the Zero Day Initiative below:
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