Bug Bounty Vault Proposal by Hats Finance


This is a proposal for Rocket Pool to collaborate with Hats.finance to create an on-chain, free, non-custodial, scalable and permissionless incentives pool for hackers/auditors to protect the Rocket Pool smart contracts.


The direct losses from hacks and exploits between 2020-2022 are above $15B, and yet, the solutions currently being offered are not decentralized, permissionless, scalable, and continuous and open to everybody like Rocket Pool is.

This proposal aims to create an incentives pool on Hats Protocol for hackers/auditors to help protect the Rocket Pool smart contracts. The goal of the vault is to incentivize responsible vulnerability disclosure for Rocket Pool. Liquidity can be added (with $RPL, $rETH and/or yield-bearing tokens) permissionless and LPs will be rewarded with $HAT tokens once the liquidity mining program is launched.


Hats.finance is an on-chain decentralized bug bounty platform specifically designed to prevent crypto-hack incidents by offering the right incentives. Additionally, Hats.finance allows anyone to add liquidity to a smart bug bounty. Hackers can disclose vulnerabilities responsibly without KYC & be rewarded with scalable prizes & NFTs for their work.

Smart bug bounty programs are a win-win for everyone. They can be created easily with a few on-chain transactions (it takes less than 1 hour to set up a vault on Hats), and are free of charge. Hats will only charge a fee once an incident has been successfully mitigated. The protocol will retain 10% of the payout as fee from the security researcher. Scenarios of an exploit are way more costly and can cause irreversible damage. More importantly, the bounty program is transparent, decentralized, and gives power to the community of the project.

On-chain submission:

With the values of Ethereum, which are lighting our way, we decided to take a different approach to bug bounty compared to the traditional and centralized bug bounty platforms.

The submitter writes a detailed vulnerability description on Hats dApp. The submission is encrypted with the project PGP key. The user hashes the encrypted description (automatically) and sends a transaction on-chain with that Hash (only the Hash of the encrypted report is going on-chain), While sending the encrypted message to the routing bot.

The tx fee acts as a spam filter and can be set to a higher value (in the future).

The routing bot verifies that the Hash of the encrypted message was published on-chain and publishes the encrypted message to the committee group together with a link to a front-end open source tool to decrypt the messages that are stored on IPFS that is part of Hats dApp.


In case that the proposal gets accepted, Rocket Pool is expected to:

1- Choose and set up a committee

2- Vote for DAO participation amount

Onboarding action items:

  • Choosing a committee: The committee is preferably the public multisig contract of Rocket Pool or a multisig specifically set up to manage the bounty program.
  • The Committees responsibility:
    • Triage incoming vulnerability reports/claims from auditors/hackers (get back to the reporter within 12 hours).
    • Approve claims within a reasonable time frame (Max. of 6 days)
    • Set up repositories and contracts under review. (A list of all contracts covered by the bounty program separated by severity)


The key advantage of Hats solution compared to traditional, centralized bug bounty services:

  • Bug bounty vaults are loaded with the native or yield bearing token of each project. Reducing the free floating supply while giving the token additional utility.
  • Scalable bounty network — vault TVL increases with success / token appreciation of the project.
  • Open & Permissionless — Anyone can participate in the protection of an asset they are a stakeholder of and any hacker, anywhere in the world, can participate anonymously when disclosing exploits (no KYC needed)
  • In the future when providing liquidity (taking risk) every depositor could earn $HAT tokens.
  • Continuous — As long as tokens are locked in the vault, hackers are incentivized to disclose vulnerabilities through Hats, instead of exploiting the project.

Additional advantages of deployment of the existing Rocket Pool bug bounty program on Hats Protocol:

  • Rocket Pool can reach out to many more security researchers (aka white hat hackers) with a bounty on Hats protocol and each scrutiny will make Rocket Pool safer.
  • Rocket Pool can fund the bug bounty vault on Hats with its own native token ($RPL, $rETH or yield bearing token)
  • The bounty reward for the submitter is not paid at once to reduce the price pressure on the project token.

Since Rocket Pool DAO will be farming $HAT tokens with its bounty (after TGE), it’s a cost negative opportunity for Rocket Pool DAO.

Key Examples

A security researcher recently found a critical severity within Premia Finance’s staking contracts and got rewarded $70k for his responsible disclosure:


In one of the recent audit competitions, the security researchers could find 3 critical severities in Raft Finance’s code in a 7 days long audit contest even if the project went under an extensive audit by one of the top-tier auditing firms in the space:


I’m not sure what makes this decentralized… The actual messages are only visible to a specific group, and that same specific group decides what counts.

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Do you mean that ImmuneFi is not triaging the vulnerability reports for Rocket Pool and its only Rocket Pool team who reads and classifies the submissions?

As for the decentralization part; ImmuneFi is a Web2 company (not a crypto project). On the other hand, Hats Finance is an on-chain Web3 native protocol.

It’s pretty different to put the money (allocated for bug bounty) on-chain than posting it on a website.

As for more differences; Hats Finance has an encrypted communication feature for security researchers and project teams and therefore nobody (including the Hats team) can see the vulnerability report. There is no third party risk as in the case of Immunefi.

Secondly, bug bounty vaults on Hats Finance are open to everybody. Accordingly, investors, DAO members, community members, etc. can deposit to the vault and top up the bounty amount (make it more incentivizing for security researchers).

Thirdly, Hats Finance is on-chain and therefore the submissions require a transaction fee. This fee itself is acting as a spam filter but if deemed not enough, Rocket Pool can increase the fee to submit a report to create a paywall (to increase the efficiency of spam filter). This is very important because its widely known that some web2 bug bounty companies are paying some security researchers to submit reports (to sell triage service to the projects).

Fourthly, Rocket Pool DAO can potentially farm $HAT tokens (after TGE) with its bug bounty vault.

Fifthly, there is not any monthly/quarterly/yearly fee to host the bug bounty program on Hats.

Sixthly Hats Finance, as a decentralized protocol, is anon-friendly. Considering the fact that white hatting might be troublesome in some countries and some white hats are very sensitive about their privacy, Hats has the capability to target more security researchers.

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