Microsoft Extends Bug Bounty Program for All Windows 10 Features

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

It should be worth noted that is not the first bounty program to target Windows features - as the software giant has launched many Windows-specific bounties starting way back in 2012. They "will continue indefinitely at Microsoft's discretion", the security response team said.

"Any critical or important class remote code execution, elevation of privilege, or design flaws that compromises a customer's privacy and security will receive a bounty".

The other focus areas include "Mitigation Bypass" (things that break Microsoft's security sandboxing), "Windows Defender Application Guard", "Microsoft Edge" and "Windows Insider Preview".




It'll cover a bit more ground in Windows 10, and features much loftier rewards for bug finders (thus perhaps making it a bit more compelling over selling the exploits to the highest-bidding third party.) This time out, awards go all the way up to $250,000 for anyone who's able to discover exploits in Microsoft Hyper-V, the company's virtualization software. The Program consists of four categories which gives good hackers monetary payouts ranging between $500 to $250,000. "Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that it serves to enhance our security capabilities".

"All security bugs are important to us and we request you report all security bugs", the company explains. For qualifying bugs discovered in Windows Insider Preview builds or its Edge browser, Microsoft will pay anywhere from $500 to $15,000.

The Mitigation Bypass and Bounty program's highest reward of $200,000, but there you can exclusively target Windows 10. However, the exploit needs to work on the latest release of the Windows Insider Preview slow ring. 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.

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