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Microsoft Offers Up to $30,000 for Vulnerabilities in Teams Desktop Client

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its bug bounty programs now also cover the desktop client of its Teams business communications platform.

The tech giant is offering rewards for vulnerabilities in the Teams desktop client as part of its Application Bounty Program, which will feature additional app-related bounties in the future.

The Teams desktop client bug bounty program complements the existing awards for vulnerabilities in online Teams services.

Microsoft says researchers can earn between $500 and $15,000 for general vulnerabilities in the Teams desktop client, and between $6,000 and $30,000 if they demonstrate an exploit that fits one of five scenarios.

For example, white hat hackers can earn up to $30,000 for remote code execution with no user interaction, and $15,000 for the ability to obtain authentication credentials for other users without leveraging phishing attacks.

Payouts for vulnerabilities in Microsoft Teams desktop client

Microsoft reported in August 2020 that it had paid out nearly $14 million through its bug bounty programs in the past year. The single biggest reward was $200,000.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.