Google has released Chrome version 8.0.552.237 which fixes 16 vulnerabilities in the increasingly popular web browser. Many of the vulnerabilities where found by people outside of the Chrome development team and Google has rewarded their efforts with dollars.
Under the Vulnerability Rewards Program security researchers, who invest their time and effort in helping to make Chrome (and Chromium) more secure, are rewarded with monetary awards and public recognition. There is even a Hall of Fame.
For the latest update the star of the show was Sergey Glazunov who received $3133.7 for finding critical vulnerabilities. Sergey also found several other problems and in total collected $7,470.7 for his efforts. Other developers were rewarded for eight further vulnerabilities and in total Google paid out a over $14,000.
Google also updated Chrome OS to version 8.0.552.334, applying the same security fixes.