Grants & Funding
The Stellar Bug Bounty Program provides bounties for vulnerabilities and exploits discovered in the Stellar protocol or any of the code in our repos. We recognize the importance of our community and security researchers in helping identify bugs and issues. We encourage responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities via our bug bounty program described on this page.
Our development team has up to 90 days to implement a fix based on the severity of the report. Please allow for this process to fully complete before you publicly disclose the vulnerability.
We are awarding researchers that find bugs with a bounty of our digital currency, lumens (XLM). The amount of the award depends on the degree of severity of the vulnerability reported.
The Stellar.org Bug Bounty Panel will evaluate award sizes according to severity calculated according to the OWASP risk rating model based on Impact and Likelihood. However, final awards are determined at the sole discretion of the panel:
1 point currently corresponds to $1 USD (payable in lumens (XLM)), something which may change without prior notice.
Researchers are more likely to earn a larger award by demonstrating how a vulnerability can be exploited to maximum effect.
Generally speaking, any bug that poses a significant vulnerability to the security or integrity of the Stellar network could be eligible for an award. However, it’s entirely at our discretion to decide whether a bug is significant enough to be eligible for an award.
In general, anything which has the potential for financial loss or data breach is of sufficient severity, including:
In general, the following would not meet the threshold for severity:
The severity of a bug, i.e. how many participants in the Stellar network are affected, is taken into consideration when deciding the bounty payout amount. For example, an exploit that relies on an implementation bug in stellar-core affects the network as a whole and very deeply. There are no alternate implementations of stellar-core and so a payout that affects stellar-core would pay out higher than for example, an XSS bug.
You may not participate in this program if you are a resident or individual located within a country appearing on any U.S. sanctions lists.