Microsoft Ups Rewards for Windows Bugs

Ken Copeland
July 28, 2017

Microsoft is asking researchers to look for bugs inside the latest Windows 10 version (Insider Preview slow ring). Rewards start at a minimum of $500 and can go up to as high as $250,000.

"We're also bumping up the pay-out range for the Hyper-V Bounty Program", said Microsoft.

To ensure Windows 10 is secure and bug-free, Microsoft has announced a fresh round of Windows Bounty Programme that will reward the bug finders up to $250,000 if they are able to discover exploits in Microsoft's virtualisation software. A researcher finding and reporting a remote code execution flaw in Windows with a high quality proof of concept can find themselves eligible for a $15,000 payout. There's $30k on offer for those who find critical vulns in the slow Windows Insider release track. For starters, if a Microsoft employee spots an issue first, the company will still offer an award to the first person outside the company who details it - but it will only be 10 percent of the maximum amount offered, meaning it only goes up to $25,000.

However, users will be restricted in submitting a fix in the Windows bug bounty program because the OS is a closed source, notes XDA. Other points of focus include Mitigation Bypass (things that break Microsoft's security sandboxing) and Bounty for Defense, Windows Defender Application Guard, Microsoft Edge and, most notably, Windows Insider Preview, the company's early access program for Windows 10 builds.

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"The bounty program is sustained and will continue indefinitely at Microsoft's discretion", the Microsoft team said today.

Products like Office 365, Azure, and Edge have been part of this program.

Microsoft was one of the first major tech companies to do so, but the program was always limited in scope, as only a few of the company's products were eligible for rewards.

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