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HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
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emmawatson02020
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4/2/2020 | 4:38:04 AM
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Such a nice post.. I appreciate you...
Ppooo
Ppooo,
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3/31/2020 | 10:14:12 AM
Two problems
There are two problems here.  One is that Voatz was acting in bad faith and attacking the researchers' motive.  Two is that HackerOne does not prevent abuse of scope/criticality classification by its members. 

In this example, Voatz classified the bug as out of scope, even though it was later reclassified.  By its initial classification, Voatz was exempted from any obligation to fix it, but the submitter was still bound to HackerOne's NDA.  That is a loophole that HackerOne needs to fix.

If a bug is truly not in scope, and the vendor does not plan to fix within a normal disclosure period, or at least show good faith progress on resolving, then the researcher should be free to disclose it on their normal timeline, and not be bound by an NDA.

There have been numerous examples of security researchers being burned by this.  They discover something they think is serious, they submit to HackerOne, the vendor disagrees with the seriousness, the researcher discloses over HackerOne's objections, the bug is only then reclassified and addressed by the vendor due to public pressure.  Meanwhile, because the researcher violated HackerOne's NDA, their reputation is harmed.

HackerOne must show allegiance to the researchers, not the vendors.  This loophole must be fixed.


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