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Month Archives: March 2012


Monday, March 26, 2012

Nearly nine months after we announced the first annual BlueHat Prize competition for innovations in defensive security technologies, we’re just days away from the submission deadline. On the EcoStrat blog today, Senior Security Strategist Katie Moussouris gives a glimpse into the frantic final days of the competition period. If you’re working on your own entry (deadline April 1!

Peace Games - BlueHat Prize Update and Countdown

Monday, March 26, 2012

Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film WarGames, an artificial intelligence program named Joshua asked the main character, a teenage hacker, the now famous question, “Shall we play a game?

March 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello, Today we published the March Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. During the webcast, we fielded twelve questions focusing on MS12-020 (aka “the RDP update”). Two additional questions for MS12-022 regarding Microsoft Expression Design were answered after the webcast. All questions are included on the Q&A page. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11am PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the April bulletin release and answer questions live on the air.

Proof-of-Concept Code available for MS12-020

Friday, March 16, 2012

On March 15, we became aware of public proof-of-concept code that results in denial of service for the issue addressed by MS12-020, which we released Tuesday. We continue to watch the threat landscape and we are not aware of public proof-of-concept code that results in remote code execution. We recommend customers deploy MS12-020 as soon as possible, as this security update protects against attempts to exploit CVE-2012-0002.