Bug bounty programs can be as much as 100 times more cost-effective for finding security vulnerabilities than hiring full-time security researchers to do the same thing. New research from the University of California at Berkeley, which focused on bug bounty programs run by Google and Mozilla, found that each of these programs has cost the vendor about $400,000 over the course of three years, far less than it would’ve cost to hire employees to find the same number of vulnerabilities.
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Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday security bulletins patch numerous critical vulnerabilities, including some related to malicious TrueType Font files used in a number of high-profile targeted attacks.
The Microsoft Malware Protection Center reports of unusual behavior from the Vobfus and Beebone malware families where each malware variant continuously downloads a version of the other.
Dennis Fisher talks with Ryan Naraine about the new Microsoft bug bounty program, how it may affect prices for vulnerabilities on the private market and why it took the company so long to start the reward program.
The Microsoft bug bounty program has been nearly a decade in the making and it is clear from the shape and size of it that the company did not simply slap the program together in order to join the cool kids. Microsoft’s security team spent years watching the way other programs work, seeing what incentives attract good researchers and looking for a system that made sense for Microsoft’s specific goals.
After years of saying that the company didn’t need a bug bounty program, Microsoft is starting one. The company today will announce the start of a new program that will pay security researchers up to $100,000 for serious vulnerabilities and as much as $50,000 for new defensive techniques that help protect against those flaws.
Despite a rating of “Important,” a Microsoft Office 2003 zero-day vulnerability and patch deserve a close look from enterprise IT administrators.
Autorun malware used to be kind of a big deal around here. Worms that jump directly from removable media such as USB drives as soon as they are connected to a PC can cause some major trouble, spreading quickly through a network. Microsoft made a change to newer versions of Windows that disables the autorun[…]
Microsoft and Adobe released their monthly security updates and patches. Microsoft also announced enhancements to its certificate-handling infrastructure.
Calling it the company’s “most aggressive” botnet operation operation to date, Microsoft provided details early Wednesday evening regarding a massive disruption of the Citadel botnet.