Dronelife understands that DJI has agreed to pay out a mixed complete in extra of $30,000 to a number of safety researchers as a part of its Bug Bounty program.

No cash has but been paid out, however a number of researchers have confirmed their bug stories have been profitable and that they’ve handed over financial institution particulars to DJI for fee. That complete consists of no less than one ‘high bounty’: $30,000 – the reward for a safety flaw judged to be of the very best doable risk stage.

The initiative was launched in August in response to safety considerations that got here to public consideration over the summer time, as hackers have been in a position to override the producer’s geofencing system and the US Military halted the usage of DJI gear as a result of ‘cyber vulnerabilities’.

dji bug bounty report message

A message from DJI to a safety researcher. Though Dronelife has seen messages confirming profitable purposes, we gained’t be publishing them right here.

Bug bounty program nonetheless not up and working

The official reveal of the DJI bug bounty program acknowledged the next:

The DJI Menace Identification Reward Program goals to collect insights from researchers and others who uncover points which will create threats to the integrity of our customers’ personal information, resembling their private data or particulars of the images, movies and flight logs they create. This system can also be looking for vulnerabilities which will reveal proprietary supply codes and keys or backdoors created to bypass security certifications.

Rewards for qualifying bugs will vary from $100 to $30,000, relying on the potential affect of the risk. DJI is creating a web site with full program phrases and a standardized type for reporting potential threats associated to DJI’s servers, apps or . Beginning in the present day, bug stories could be despatched to [email protected] for assessment by technical consultants.

Nevertheless, no web site has but been launched detailing the total phrases and situations of this system, and no cash has but been transferred to profitable bug finders. This sluggish progress means that the bounty program was swiftly thrown collectively in response to an rising variety of unfavourable tales about DJI’s information safety.

We additionally perceive that a few of the researchers with profitable claims have already submitted new stories detailing new bugs, regardless of no cash exchanging arms for the unique bounties. So it appears like an amicable relationship is creating between DJI and the identical hackers the corporate was combating towards not so way back. Profitable bug finders have additionally been requested to chorus from discussing the main points of their stories in the intervening time.

This information goes some solution to confirming what we suspected already: that DJI’s software program accommodates safety vulnerabilities. However it’s promising that the corporate seems prepared to behave upon these points. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the bug bounty program progresses and the way DJI offers publicly with its outcomes. In the intervening time, it appears like a collaborative transfer that might assist foster a extra optimistic relationship between the world’s hottest drone producer and the safety group. It must also (finally) plug these holes in safety and go some solution to reassuring involved industrial pilots.

Malek Murison is a contract author and editor with a ardour for tech traits and innovation.
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