Microsoft to reward up to $250000 bounty to bug finders

28 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Microsoft launches Windows bug bounty program with rewards ranging from $500 to $250,000

Interested users can find out more information on the official page and read over the rules of the Windows Bounty Program.

Also of note is the Mitigation Bypass and Bounty program's highest reward of $200,000, but there you can exclusively target Windows 10. "Since 2012, we have launched multiple bounties for various Windows features".

This new Windows Bug Bounty program will go a long way towards helping identify and patch vulnerabilities in Microsoft's products, with a focus on remote code execution, privilege escalation, and inherent design flaws. The Windows Bounty Program, however, encompasses Windows 10 and even the Windows Insider Preview, the company's program for testing Windows 10 preview builds.

Bounty payouts will range from $500 United States dollars to $250,000 USD.

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If a researcher reports an issue that is known to Microsoft and is the first external finder of the vulnerability, Microsoft said it will pay 10 percent of the highest amount due to them.

"All security bugs are important to us and we request you report all security bugs to [email protected] via Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure policy". Since then, the company has only increased the scale of the program (and the reward) to include Hyper-V hypervisor, the Edge browser and Windows' exploit mitigation systems, such as DEP and ASLR.

The Mitigation Bypass and Bounty program's highest reward of $200,000, but there you can exclusively target Windows 10. The addition of a Windows Bug Bounty program comes as part of a comprehensive effort by Microsoft to improve their responsiveness and defences against security vulnerabilities. Now, the tech giant has launched a similar ongoing program for Windows generally, allowing security researchers to get paid for finding security flaws with payouts ranging from as little as $500 and as high as $250,000.

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