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Microsoft Gives More Time to Hackers to Break into Its Browser

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These are the active bug bounty programs right now


Microsoft is betting big on bug bounty programs to bolster the security of its software, and the company has just announced that a similar effort for Edge browser has been expanded to June 30.


The Microsoft Edge Bug Bounty program was originally launched in August last year and was supposed to come to an end on May 15. The company, however, decided to give security researchers more time to break into its browser by expanding the program to June 30, with the same payments to remain available.


Specifically, hackers who find a way to hack the browser and provide a proof of concept, along with a high-quality report, can receive as much as $15,000 if what they discover is a remote code execution flaw in Microsoft Edge on recent builds of Windows 10 preview builds in the Slow ring.


Next big update in September

On the other hand, those who find violations of W3C standards that compromise privacy or integrity of important user data are eligible for payments up to $6,000, this time with no functioning exploit required, but with a proof of concept included in the report.


You can have a look at all the bug bounty programs that Microsoft is running right now on this page, and make sure that you have a look at the requirements and terms of each program to make sure that you are eligible for the payments.


Microsoft Edge is Redmond’s new default browser in Windows 10, and with these bug bounty programs, the company is trying to make it more secure by patching vulnerabilities before they are discovered and used in attacks against its customers.


The next big update for Edge is projected to ship with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update due in September, as Microsoft is not yet ready to deliver updates through the Windows Store, as is the case with the other universal apps on Windows 10.



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Cheapskates.  I would rather give any 'bugs' I found to the NSA.  Microsoft doesn't have bugs, they are more like gaping holes.

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