Google’s Patch Reward Program: fix Chrome/Android bugs and you can earn over $3000


Running one of the most important tech companies in the world can’t be easy. This is why Google is reaching out to all coders and developers in the world to try and keep its open-source services as perfect as possible! Google’s Patch Reward Program pays those who can proactively fix Google services’ bugs. The program covers multiple projects, and today it has been expanded.

If you are a developer, Google is calling out for your help! Chrome was already part of the program, but it now has been joined by the company’s second biggest project – Android. If you are a coder and find an important bug in Android or Chrome, go ahead and fix it. You may get a pretty neat reward!

What projects are included in the Patch Reward Program?

  • Open-source foundations of Chrome and Android: Chromium, Blink, AOSP
  • Security-critical, commonly used components of the Linux kernel (including KVM)
  • High-profile web and mail servers: Apache httpd, lighttpd, nginx, Sendmail, Postfix, Exim, Dovecot
  • Other high-impact network services: OpenSSH, OpenVPN, BIND, ISC DHCP, University of Delaware NTPD
  • Core infrastructure data parsers: libjpeg, libjpeg-turbo, libpng, giflib, zlib, libxml2
  • Other essential libraries: OpenSSL, Mozilla NSS
  • Toolchain security improvements for GCC, binutils, and llvm

How much can I earn with the Patch Reward Program?

First, you will only get a reward when/if your bug fix is delivered. This makes sense; a bug fix that doesn’t get delivered is probably not important and doesn’t do anything for Google. Submitted ordered will be qualified by the program’s board and will be appraised by the same individuals. Prizes range from $500 to $3,133.70 (odd number, right?).

Depending on the situation, you may get a higher reward if your patch was creative, important or well executed. If Google’s team has to do a lot of extra work the prize will be divided and distributed to those who help.

Go get them!

All coders with a bit of extra time should take a look at this program. You can earn some extra cash and help the Google community, which extends across the world! We all know there is always a good amount of bugs to be fixed in Google’s services and products. Projects like Chrome and Android are ever-evolving, and with new features and improvements always comes bugs.

Are any of our code-friendly readers participating in this program? Bugs are evil… and they deserve to be punished.