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Monday, 25 October 2010 08:49

Mozilla pays $3,000 to 12 year-old bug hunter

Written by Nick Farell
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Experts start young these days
The Mozzarella Foundation has given $3,000 to the insecurity expert that found the worst bug in its browser. While this is not news in itself, the bug hunter in question was a 12 year-old  called  Alex Miller.

According to the Mercury News, Miller found a critical security flaw buried in Firefox after becoming motivated by the news that the Mozzarella Foundation had up the value of its bug bounty from $500. A Firefox loyalist, Miller found something in an initial search and sent in a bug report, but it wasn't the right type of bug to qualify for the big bucks, so he hit the computer again for  90 minutes each day for about 10 days until he found a flaw in the memory of the running program.

The big cheese in the Mozzarella Foundation said that the outfit depends on contributors like these for our very, sort of, survival. According to his mum Elissa, Alex is virtually self-taught and often reads his  parents' very technical books. Apparently he has a gift for things geeky.

While some think Alex spends too much time on the computer, Miller is quick to point out that he's not just playing games; what Alex is doing is learning. Until he produced a copy of the cheque from Mozilla, Alex none of his  friends believed him when he told them about the money.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 yasin 2010-10-25 09:04
i wonder what he's gonna spend that on? pic'n'mix?
 
 
+20 #2 thetruth 2010-10-25 12:31
Quoting yasin:
i wonder what he's gonna spend that on? pic'n'mix?


Don't be silly. He's a geek. He's going after that crossfire 5970 rig you've always wanted but haven't had the money for.
 
 
-2 #3 Nooblet 2010-10-25 13:39
or for cookies'n'muffins =)
 
 
+2 #4 yasin 2010-10-25 14:03
lol.he is a lucky 12 year old though thats for sure
 
 
+1 #5 hsew 2010-10-25 20:09
Hopefully this means that us FF users will be getting an update in the near future... I swear it's like Firefox has been crashing every fifteen minutes these days! Oh well...that's what having a backup browser is for.
 
 
+5 #6 yourma2000 2010-10-25 22:57
it's stories like these that make me feel insignificant when compared to a 12 year old child
 
 
+3 #7 redisnidma 2010-10-26 02:39
I feel worthless. :cry:
 

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