Standard Disclosure Terms
This web page represents a legal document with terms and conditions applicable to all individuals who have registered user names (also known as a “handle”) with Bugcrowd Inc. (“Bugcrowd”) through the Bugcrowd website. In addition, the terms and conditions contained in our Code of Conduct, Disclosure Policy and Terms of Service (along with these Standard Disclosure Terms, collectively, the “Researcher Terms and Conditions”) are incorporated by reference into these Standard Disclosure Terms. Upon obtaining a user name with Bugcrowd, you are referred to as a “Researcher” and you are bound by and are obligated to comply with the Researcher Terms and Conditions.
If you believe you have discovered a vulnerability, please create a submission for the appropriate program through the Crowdcontrol platform. Each program has a set of guidelines called the Program Brief. The program brief is maintained by the Program Owner. Terms specified in the program brief supersede these terms.
Each submission will be updated with significant events, including when the issue has been validated, when we need more information from you, or when you have qualified for a reward.
Each submission is evaluated by the Program Owner on the basis of first-to-find. Bugcrowd may assist in the evaluation process.
You will qualify for a reward if you were the first person to alert the Program Owner to a previously unknown issue AND the issue triggers a code or configuration change.
We are committed to protecting the interests of Security Researchers. The more closely your behavior follows these rules, the more we’ll be able to protect you if a difficult situation escalates.
Rules can vary for each program. Please carefully read the program brief for specific rules. These rules apply to all programs:
You must be at least 18 years old or have reached the age of majority in your jurisdiction of primary residence and citizenship to be eligible to receive any monetary compensation as a Researcher. Additional applicable eligibility requirements are stated in the Terms of Service. Exceptions with respect to a minor’s participation in Bug Bashes may be considered on a case-by-case basis as between Bugcrowd and the applicable minor’s guardian(s).
You will need to set up an account and user name in order to be a Researcher. You may not use a third party’s account without permission. When you are setting up your account, you must give us accurate and complete information. This means that you cannot set up an account using a name or contact information that does not apply to you, and you must provide accurate and current information on all registration forms that are part of the Website. You may only set up one account. You have complete responsibility for your account and everything that happens on your account. This means you need to be careful with your password. If you find out that someone is using your account without your permission, you must let us know immediately. You may not transfer your account to someone else. We are not liable for any damages or losses caused by someone using your account without your permission. However, if we (or anyone else) suffer any damage due to the unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable. Bugcrowd may deny the use of certain user names or require certain user names be changed at Bugcrowd’s sole discretion and/or to comply with end customers’ requirements. User names with offensive or discriminatory words are prohibited.
A violation of these rules may result in the invalidation of submissions, and forfeiture of all rewards, for current and future programs on the Bugcrowd platform.
Excluded Submission Types
Some submission types are excluded because they are dangerous to assess, or because they have low security impact to the Program Owner. This section contains issues that Bugcrowd does not accept, will be immediately marked as invalid, and are not rewardable.
Common “Non-qualifying” Submission Types
Some submission types do not qualify for a reward because they have low security impact to the program owner, and thus, do not trigger a code change. This section contains a listing of issues found to be commonly reproducible and reported but are often ineligible. We strongly suggest you do not report these issues unless you can demonstrate a chained attack with higher impact.
Program Rewards
You will qualify for a reward if you were the first eligible person to alert the Program Owner to a previously unknown issue AND the issue triggers a code or configuration change. Reward details vary for each program. Rewards can take the form of USD, Bugcrowd Points, CPE Points and/or Swag. Please carefully read each program brief for specific details.
Each submission’s reward amount is based on the business impact, severity, and creativity of the issue. Bugs found in applications, features, and functions called out in the program brief as an “Focus Area(s)” are awarded at higher levels.
Valid submissions also count towards ISC 2 Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits. If you’re an ISC2 certification holder please make sure you’ve updated your ISC2 ID in the portal.
If you become eligible for a monetary award, to get paid, you may need to: (a) provide additional verification and tax information, (b) fulfill various eligibility requirements and (c) agree to additional terms and conditions with a third party payment processor. Taxes on monetary rewards paid to you are your sole responsibility and monetary rewards which remain unclaimed or undeliverable for a period of six (6) months will be forfeited.
Intellectual Property; Ownership of Testing Results
You hereby represent that you have obtained the necessary approvals and consents from all third parties including your employer for the purpose of participating as a Researcher.
For the purposes of this section, “Testing Results” means information about vulnerabilities discovered on the Target Systems discovered, found, observed or identified by Researchers” and “Target Systems” are the applications and systems that are the subject of the Testing Services.
You hereby agree and warrant that you will disclose all of the Testing Results found or identified by you (“your Testing Results”) to Bugcrowd. Furthermore, you hereby assign to Bugcrowd and agree to assign to Bugcrowd any and all of your Testing Results and rights thereto. To the extent any rights in your Testing Results are not assignable, you shall grant and agree to grant to Bugcrowd under any and all such rights an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty free, perpetual, exclusive, sublicensable (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers), transferable, and worldwide license to use and permit others to use such Testing Results in any manner desired by us (and/or our customers and sponsors) without restriction or accounting to you, including, without limitation, the right to make, have made, sell, offer for sale, use, rent, lease, import, copy, prepare derivative works, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute all or any part of such Testing Results and modifications and combinations thereof and to sublicense (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers) or transfer any and all such rights. Further, you shall waive and agree to waive in favor of Bugcrowd any moral right or other right or claim that is contrary to the intent of a complete transfer of rights to Bugcrowd in your Testing Results.
You hereby authorize us and any Bug Bounty Program or Bug Bash sponsors to publicize your Testing Results, including account name (handle), and any additional information as may be required by the Program Brief. Any such Program Brief may request certain personally identifiable information about you be provided to the Program Owner and your agreement to participate in such Bug Bounty Program or Bug Bash indicates your consent to provide such information.
Confidentiality Obligations
“Confidential Information” means any information that is marked or otherwise designated as confidential at the time of disclosure or that a reasonable person would consider confidential based on the circumstances and content of the disclosure, and includes, without limitation: customer information, personally identifiable information, financial information, information regarding Target Systems, information regarding the target of a crowdsourced security program (including, as may be applicable, any merger, acquisition or sale discussions or transactions), pricing information, business information, fees and amounts paid to Researchers and existence of and terms of private crowdsourced security programs. Confidential Information does not include information that: (i) is or becomes known to the receiving party from a source other than one having an obligation of confidentiality to the disclosing party; (ii) is or becomes publicly known or otherwise ceases to be confidential, except through a breach of this Agreement; or (iii) is independently developed by the receiving party.
You agree that you will (i) hold in confidence and not disclose to any third party any Confidential Information, except as approved in writing by disclosing party; (ii) protect such Confidential Information with at least the same degree of care that the Researcher uses to protect its own Confidential Information, but in no case, less than reasonable care; (iii) use the disclosing party’s Confidential Information for no purpose other than the use permitted by the disclosing party; and (iv) immediately notify disclosing party upon discovery of any loss or unauthorized disclosure of disclosing party’s Confidential Information.
ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION OF THE PROGRAM OWNER UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED IN THE BOUNTY BRIEF. This means no submissions may be publicly disclosed at any time unless the Program Owner has otherwise consented to disclosure. Please see the Bugcrowd Public Disclosure Policy for a more fulsome description regarding disclosure of vulnerabilities in connection with Bug Bounty Programs.
With respect to the Confidential Information of Researchers, please refer to the Bugcrowd privacy policy available at
Official Support Channels and Private Communication
During the course of each program, the Bugcrowd team may communicate updates via:
If you have questions about a program or a specific submission, you may contact the Bugcrowd team via:
Public Communication
The Bugcrowd team can be publicly contacted via the following channels. DO NOT communicate specifics about a program via these channels.
Updates to these terms
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