CNCF, Google, and HackerOne launch Kubernetes bug bounty program

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today announced it is funding a bug bounty program for Kubernetes. Security researchers who find security vulnerabilities in Kubernetes’ codebase, as well as the build and release processes, will be rewarded with bounties ranging from $100 to $10,000.

Bug bounty programs motivate individuals and hacker groups to not only find flaws but disclose them properly, instead of using them maliciously or selling them to parties that will. Originally designed by Google and now run by the CNCF, Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. Given the hundreds of startups and enterprises that use Kubernetes in their tech stacks, it’s significantly cheaper to proactively plug security holes than to deal with the aftermath of breaches.

Although Google open-sourced Kubernetes in 2014, the company has (unsurprisingly) been involved in the bug bounty from day one. Google proposed the


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