Microsoft launches Windows bug bounty programme

Microsoft launches Windows bug bounty programme

Microsoft is also remodeling their Hyper-V Bounty Program to substantially increase their maximum payouts, in order to better compete with the prices found for those vulnerabilities on the black market, and to more appropriately compensate developers for finding issues. "Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that it serves to enhance our security capabilities". The payout table has been updated to reflect rewards of $500 to $250,000 for certain vulnerabilities, including $5,000 to $250,000 for ones that are focused on Hyper-V.

Microsoft has added to its suite of bug bounties by launching its Windows bounty program that targets security holes in its Windows 10 Insider Preview slow ring. There's $30k on offer for those who find critical vulns in the slow Windows Insider release track.

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.

However, users will be restricted in submitting a fix in the Windows bug bounty program because the OS is a closed source, notes XDA.




"The bounty program is sustained and will continue indefinitely at Microsoft's discretion", the Microsoft team said today. Last month, the Edge bounty program was made an ongoing scheme no longer tied to any particular timeframe.

Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, etc., have been conducting such programs from time to time, offering huge rewards to those who are able to find flaws.

The Windows Bounty Program has four specific focus areas that include Hyper-V, Mitigation Bypass, Windows Defender Application Guard and Microsoft Edge. Paying a bounty costs the company only a little compared to fixing loopholes after it's too late.

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