Apple Security Bounty

As part of Apple’s commitment to security, we reward researchers who share with us critical issues and the techniques used to exploit them. We make it a priority to resolve confirmed issues as quickly as possible in order to best protect customers. Apple offers public recognition for those who submit valid reports, and will match donations of the bounty payment to qualifying charities.*

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for an Apple Security Bounty, the issue must occur on the latest publicly available versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS with a standard configuration and, where relevant, on the latest publicly available hardware or the Security Research Device. These eligibility rules are meant to protect customers until an update is available, ensure Apple can quickly verify reports and create necessary updates, and properly reward those doing original research. Researchers must:

  • Be the first party to report the issue to Apple Product Security.
  • Provide a clear report, which includes a working exploit (detailed below).
  • Not disclose the issue publicly before Apple releases the security advisory for the report. (Generally, the advisory is released along with the associated update to resolve the issue). See terms and conditions.

Issues that are unknown to Apple and are unique to designated developer betas and public betas, including regressions, can result in a 50% bonus payment. Qualifying issues include:

  • Security issues introduced in certain designated developer beta or public beta releases, as noted in their release notes. Not all developer or public betas are eligible for this additional bonus.
  • Regressions of previously resolved issues, including those with published advisories, that have been reintroduced in certain designated developer beta or public beta release, as noted in their release notes.

Bounty Categories

Bounty payments are determined by the level of access or execution achieved by the reported issue, modified by the quality of the report. A maximum amount is set for each category. The exact payment amounts are determined after review by Apple. All security issues with significant impact to users will be considered for Apple Security Bounty payment, even if they do not fit the published bounty categories. Apple Security Bounty payments are at Apple’s discretion.

View a detailed list of example payouts

Topic Maximum Payout
iCloud

Unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple Servers

$100,000

Device attack via physical access

Lock screen bypass

$100,000

User data extraction

$250,000

Device attack via user-installed app

Unauthorized access to sensitive data**

$100,000

Kernel code execution

$150,000

CPU side channel attack

$250,000

Network attack with user interaction

One-click unauthorized access to sensitive data**

$150,000

One-click kernel code execution

$250,000

Network attack without user interaction

Zero-click radio to kernel with physical proximity

$250,000

Zero-click unauthorized access to sensitive data**

$500,000

Zero-click kernel code execution with persistence and kernel PAC bypass

$1,000,000

Report and Payout Guidelines

The goal of the Apple Security Bounty is to protect customers through understanding both vulnerabilities and their exploitation techniques. Reports that include a basic proof of concept instead of a working exploit are eligible to receive no more than 50% of the maximum payout amount. Reports lacking necessary information to enable Apple to efficiently reproduce the issue will result in a significantly reduced bounty payment, if accepted at all.

A complete report includes:

  • A detailed description of the issues being reported.
  • Any prerequisites and steps to get the system to an impacted state.
  • A reasonably reliable exploit for the issue being reported.
  • Enough information for Apple to be able to reasonably reproduce the issue.

Maximizing Your Payout
To maximize your payout, keep in mind that Apple is particularly interested in issues that:

  • Affect multiple platforms.
  • Impact the latest publicly available hardware and software.
  • Are unique to newly added features or code in designated developer betas or public betas, including regressions, as noted on this page when available.
  • Impact sensitive components.
  • Are novel.

Additional Requirements
In addition to a complete report, issues that require the execution of multiple exploits, as well as one-click and zero-click issues, require a full chain for maximum payout. The chain and report must include:

  • Both compiled and source versions.
  • Everything needed to execute the chain.
  • A sample non-destructive payload, if needed.

Sending Your Report

Send your report by email to product-security@apple.com. Whenever possible, encrypt all communications with the Apple Product Security PGP Key. Include all relevant videos, crash logs, and system diagnosis reports in your email. If necessary, use Mail Drop to send large files. Learn how to report a security or privacy vulnerability.

Example Payouts

View a list of example bounty payouts.

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Terms and Conditions

Read the legal requirements for the Apple Security Bounty Program.

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