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Month Archives: July 2012

Announcing the availability of ModSecurity extension for IIS

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vulnerabilities in on-line services, like cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, or even information disclosure, are important areas of focus for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). Over the last few years Microsoft has developed a number of tools capable of mitigating selected web specific vulnerabilities (for example, UrlScan). To help on this front we have participated in a community effort to bring the popular open source module ModSecurity to the IIS platform.

Announcing the BlueHat Prize winners!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Minutes ago in Las Vegas at the Microsoft Researcher Appreciation Party, we completed the journey we set out on together at the 2011 Black Hat briefings. There, we asked the security research community to focus its talent and expertise on defense, to design and prototype novel runtime mitigation technologies to prevent the successful exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities.

The BlueHat Prize V1.0 – And the Winners Are…

Thursday, July 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 As we wrap up the first BlueHat Prize contest, we wanted to share what we learned while running the first competition, from a major vendor, offering a large cash prize for defensive security research.

BlueHat Prize technology available in Tech Preview

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One year ago this week we challenged the security community to take an unconventional focus on defensive innovation. We called that challenge the BlueHat Prize, and tomorrow night, we will award the grand prize of $200,000 to one of the finalists, either Jared DeMott, Ivan Fratric, or Vasilis Pappas. All three finalists submitted prototype mitigations that help prevent exploits that use Return Oriented Programming (ROP) techniques.

EMET 3.5 Tech Preview leverages security mitigations from the BlueHat Prize

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Last year at Black Hat Las Vegas, we announced the BlueHat Prize contest – a large cash prize awarded for defensive security research. One month ago, we announced the names of three finalists. On Thursday night shortly after 10 PM, at the Microsoft Researcher Appreciation Party, we will unveil which finalist won which prize – the grand prize of $200,000 USD, the second prize of $50,000 USD, and the third prize of an MSDN subscription, valued at $10,000 USD.