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Microsoft Extends Edge Bounty Program Indefinitely

Microsoft this week announced that the Edge Web Platform bounty program launched for Windows Insider Preview (WIP) last year has been extended indefinitely.

The program was launched on August 4, 2016, and Microsoft says that it has already paid over $200,000 in bounties over the ten-month period.

Because the program helped it make significant improvements to Edge’s security, the technology giant decided to extend the program indefinitely.

“Keeping in line with our philosophy of protecting customers and proactively partnering with researchers, today we are changing the Edge on Windows Insider Preview (WIP) bounty program from a time bound to a sustained bounty program,” Akila Srinivasan, Microsoft Security Response Center, announced.

The Edge Web Platform bounty on WIP was launched to determine researchers to report remote code execution (RCE), same origin policy bypass vulnerabilities (such as UXSS), and referrer spoofing bugs in the browser.

Moving forth, the company will continue to accept critical remote code execution and important design issues that could result in a customer’s privacy and security being compromised.

The program will continue indefinitely on Microsoft’s discretion, and reporting researchers can earn bounty payouts ranging from $500 to $15,000, depending on the severity of the reported vulnerability.

According to Microsoft, researchers who report qualifying vulnerabilities already found internally by Microsoft are eligible for a bounty of maximum $1,500 (only the first reporter receives the payout).

To qualify for the bounty program, vulnerabilities must be reproducible on the latest Windows Insider Preview (slow track), Srinivasan says.

Interested researchers are required to report Microsoft Edge browser security bugs to [email protected] via Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) policy.

For information on the Microsoft Bounty Programs, researchers should refer to this page on the company’s Security TechCenter website, and to the associated terms and FAQs.

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