Google rewarding researchers for finding Android vulnerabilities
With Android smart phones now commanding a whopping 81 percent of the world smart phone market, according to a new IDC study (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57612057-94/android-dominates-81-percent-of-world-smartphone-market/) and possibly set to claim 65 percent of the tablet market in 2014 (http://readwrite.com/2013/11/29/android-or-ios-dominating-tablets-developer-economics-has-the-answer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20readwriteweb%20(ReadWriteWeb)#awesm=~ooJUgWk4aqIC0u), the 'Droid invasion has reached most organizations. Users are embracing BYOD and a large number of the D's they're B'ing are running Google's mobile OS.
That means the company has to take Android security seriously - and apparently they got the memo. The expansion of their Patch Reward Program now includes the open source components of Android, along with many other programs that you might be running somewhere on your business network, such as Sendmail, OpenVPN, Apache httpd and more.
Read more about it on the Google Online Security Blog: