Bug Bounty Hunting Process

Bug Bounty Hunting Process  Easy

Bug bounty programs encourage security researchers to identify bugs and submit vulnerability reports. Getting into the world of bug bounty hunting without any prior experience can be a daunting task, though. This module covers the bug bounty hunting process to help you start bug bounty hunting in an organized and well-structured way. It's all about effectiveness and professionally communicating your findings.

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We usually consider a bug bounty program a crowdsourcing initiative through which individuals can receive recognition and compensation for discovering and reporting software bugs. Bug bounty programs are more than that, though. A bug bounty program (also called a vulnerability rewards program) is essentially continuous and proactive security testing that supplements internal code audits and penetration tests and completes an organization's vulnerability management strategy.

Regardless of the perspective (own profit vs. organizational security), the focus and the true power of bug bounty programs lie on the bug bounty hunters' skills and professionalism.

Bug bounty programs are pretty formal and process-based. For a bug bounty hunter to be successful, they should be not only skilled but also aware of:

  • How a bug bounty program is structured
  • Bug/report submission and communication processes

This module will cover the entire bug bounty hunting process and how to document your findings properly.

You can start and stop the module at any time and pick up where you left off. There is no time limit or "grading."

The module is classified as "Easy" and assumes an understanding of information security fundamentals. The module also assumes basic knowledge of web applications and web requests, and it will build on this understanding to guide you through the entire bug bounty hunting process.


  • Bug Bounty Programs
  • Writing a Good Report
  • Interacting with Organizations/BBP Hosts
  • Example 1: Reporting Stored XSS
  • Example 2: Reporting CSRF
  • Example 3: Reporting RCE

Relevant Paths

This module progresses you towards the following Paths

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Bug Bounty Hunter

Medium 257 Sections

Cubes Required: 1410

The Bug Bounty Hunter Job Role Path is for individuals who want to enter the world of Bug Bounty Hunting with little to no prior experience. This path covers core web application security assessment and bug bounty hunting concepts and provides a deep understanding of the attack tactics used during bug bounty hunting. Armed with the necessary theoretical background, multiple practical exercises, and a proven bug bounty hunting methodology, students will go through all bug bounty hunting stages, from reconnaissance and bug identification to exploitation, documentation, and communication to vendors/programs. Upon completing this job role path, you will have become proficient in the most common bug bounty hunting and attack techniques against web applications and be in the position of professionally reporting bugs to a vendor.

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Bug bounty programs encourage security researchers to identify bugs and submit vulnerability reports. Getting into the world of bug bounty hunting without any prior experience can be a daunting task, though. This module covers the bug bounty hunting process to help you start bug bounty hunting in an organized and well-structured way. It's all about effectiveness and professionally communicating your findings.

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