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

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

Microsoft expands bug bounty program

"Since 2012, we have launched multiple bounties for various Windows features", the MSRC blog entry said. Microsoft's new program not only covers Windows 10 but also Windows Insider Preview which is geared towards testing new preview builds of its operating system as well.

The continuation of the Bounty program is going to be for an indefinite period at the sole discretion of Microsoft.

That is not to say that the bug bounty programs specifically focused on any of these areas will be terminated - they will not.

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If you find a bug in a popular application from a large company, there is a good chance that they offer a "bug bounty" program where you can report the issue and make a little bit of money for uncovering the flaw.

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

Along with the Vulnerability if a researcher is able to find any critical or important class remote code execution which effects the customer's piracy will also be eligible for the Bounty program by the company.

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Further, the company stated that if it is already aware of the reported issue and found the problem before any participant found it, then 10% of the highest amount will be paid to the person.

- All security bugs are important to us and we request you report all security bugs to secure@microsoft.com via Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) policy. 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. 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. The Windows Defender Application Guard program rewards only goes up to $30,000, while the other two, Microsoft Edge and Windows Insider Preview, max out at $15,000.

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