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Valve updates bug bounty rules after Steam zero-day controversy

25 days ago   |   By TechRadar

PC gaming giant Valve has said that banning a security research who reported a zero-day vulnerability in its Steam gaming client was “a mistake”. Last month Russian security researcher Vasily Kravets filed a bug report in which he revealed that Steam was vulnerable to a zero-day which left Windows 10 users at risk of attack. However, at that time HackerOne told him that the bug he discovered was out of the program's scope and that Valve had no intention of patching it. The bug in question was a local privilege escalation issue which would allow malware already present on a user's device to...
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Valve says turning away researcher reporting Steam vulnerability was a mistake

Valve says turning away researcher reporting Steam vulnerability was a mistake

25 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

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In an attempt to quell a controversy that has raised the ire of white-hat hackers, the maker of the Steam online game platform said on Thursday it made a mistake when it turned away a researcher who recently reported two separate vulnerabilities.
In its statement, Valve Corporation references HackerOne, the reporting service that helps thousands of companies receive and respond to vulnerabilities in their software or hardware. The company also writes:
We are also aware that the researcher who discovered the bugs was incorrectly turned away through our HackerOne bug bounty program...
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