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Microsoft launches Windows bug bounty program with payouts of up to $250,000

28 July 2017, 12:27 | Gina Pena

Microsoft expands bug bounty program

Microsoft launches Windows bug bounty program with rewards ranging from $500 to $250,000

"Since 2012, we have launched multiple bounties for various Windows features".

This means everyone finding such a bug is eligible for a bounty, but the software giant explains that if someone has already discovered the bug which has been reported internally, only 10 per cent of the highest amount which they could have received would be paid. Interested users can find out more information on the official page and read over the rules of the Windows Bounty Program.

The program itself covers all features of the Windows Insider Preview, and comes in addition to programs focus specifically on the likes of Hyper-V, Windows Defender Application Guard, Microsoft Edge and more. For qualifying bugs discovered in Windows Insider Preview builds or its Edge browser, Microsoft will pay anywhere from $500 to $15,000.

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Microsoft has extended its bug bounty program for Windows Insider to include the whole of the OS, extended its operation indefinitely and added Windows Server Insider to the eligibility list.

"All security bugs are important to us and we request you report all security bugs to [email protected] via Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure policy". "Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that it serves to enhance our security capabilities", the blog post read. The second highest reward of $200,000 will be available for those focusing on Mitigation Bypass, however it will only be limited to Windows 10.

Researchers who find and report critical holes in Hyper-V for versions of Windows including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 are eligible for the top reward of $250,000. These three require using the Windows Insider slow ring. Rewarding security researchers with bounties costs peanuts compared to paying for a serious security snafu.

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