Qualcomm has just announced the new Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, and is reaching out to the community to help find any vulnerabilities that can be fixed. The company has announced a new “vulnerability rewards program” and is offering up to $15,000 for each vulnerability that has been found.
The Snapdragon 835 is the company’s latest processor, features Quick Charge 4.0, is based on the 10nm manufacturing process, and will replace the Snapdragon 820 and 821 as the top of the line processor for mobile devices in 2017. Quick Charge 4.0 promises to provide 5 hours of use from just 5 minutes of charging, and Qualcomm is claiming that QC 4.0 is 20% faster and 30% more efficient than its predecessor.
The bounty program will begin as a closed program, with 40 different researchers working on finding any vulnerabilities. Then, Qualcomm will be opening the flood gates to others looking to help out. If a vulnerability is successfully found, Qualcomm will offer up to $15,000 and recognition will be given in either the QTI Product Security or CodeAuroraForum Hall of Fame.
We should begin seeing devices released with the new Snapdragon 835 sometime in 2017. It’s very likely that the first device we’ll see will be the Galaxy S8/S8 Edge which should be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017.