Microsoft has taken another big step toward shedding its reliance on Windows, the operating system around which it built a dominant computer business but which has declined in relevance as consumers opt for smartphones and tablets and commercial customers look to conduct more of their operations in the cloud. The company’s announcement this week that SQL…
- Microsoft ready to pay $250,000 to identify bugs in their system
- The offering is part of Microsoft’s new bounty programme
- The step was taken after incidents of theft in other companies
Microsoft is offering up to $250,000 for identifying bugs that are similar to the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” CPU flaws. The offering is part of Microsoft’s new limited-time bounty programme for “speculative execution” side-channel vulnerabilities. “This new class of vulnerabilities was disclosed in January 2018 and represented a major advancement in the research in this field,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday.
“In recognition of that threat environment change, we are launching a bounty programme to encourage research into the new class of vulnerability and the mitigations Microsoft has put in place to help mitigate this class of issues,” it added.
“Speculative execution is truly a new class of vulnerabilities, and we expect that research is already underway exploring new attack methods,” said Phillip Misner, a security group manager at Microsoft. The bug bounty programme is open until December 31.
Intel recently confirmed a report about a potential security flaw in its chips that is vulnerable to hacking. According to security researchers, two CPU-level vulnerabilities “Spectre” and “Meltdown” have affected all chips made in the last two decades by Intel, AMD and AMR.
Following the news of the bugs getting out, all major tech players such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, including Intel, released security patches to help protect users from potential data theft. IANS