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Month Archives: August 2019

Scalable infrastructure for investigations and incident response

Friday, August 30, 2019

Traditional computer forensics and cyber investigations are as relevant in the cloud as they are in on-premise environments, but the methods in which to access and perform such investigations differ. This post will describe some of the challenges of bringing on-premises forensics techniques to the cloud and show one solution to overcome these challenges, using Azure functionality.

Announcing the Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

This week, we released the first Beta preview of the next version of Microsoft Edge. Alongside this, Microsoft is excited to announce the launch of the Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty Program. We welcome researchers to seek out and disclose any high impact vulnerabilities they may find in the next version of Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, and offer rewards up to US$30,000 for eligible vulnerabilities in Dev and Beta channels.

August 2019 Security Updates

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We have released the August security updates to provide additional protections against malicious attackers. As a best practice, we encourage customers to turn on automatic updates. More information about this month’s security updates can be found in the Security Update Guide. As a reminder, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be out of extended support and no longer receiving updates as of January 14, 2020.

Patch new wormable vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Services (CVE-2019-1181/1182)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Today Microsoft released a set of fixes for Remote Desktop Services that include two critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182. Like the previously-fixed ‘BlueKeep’ vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708), these two vulnerabilities are also ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits these could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer without user interaction.

Microsoft Announces Top Three Contributing Partners in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Today Microsoft announced the MAPP program Top Vulnerability Contributors, Top Threat Indicator Submitters, and Top Zero-Day Reporting for the period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. The Microsoft Active Protections Program provides security and protection to customers through cooperation and collaboration with industry leading partners. While all MAPP partners have made a significant impact on the security ecosystem and are commended for their customer-first approach to security, these top contributors have gone above and beyond our expectations.

Announcing 2019 MSRC Most Valuable Security Researchers

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Earlier today we announced MSRC’s 2018-2019 Most Valuable Security Researchers at Black Hat. The following 75 researchers hail from all corners of the world and possess varied experience and skills, yet all of them have contributed to securing the Microsoft’s customers and the broader ecosystem. For over a decade, one of Microsoft’s partners in vulnerability research and disclosure has been Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative.

Azure Security Lab: a new space for Azure research and collaboration

Monday, August 05, 2019

Azure is exceptionally secure. To help keep it that way, we are doubling the top bounty reward for Azure vulnerabilities to $40,000. But we aren’t stopping there. To make it easier for security researchers to confidently and aggressively test Azure, we are inviting a select group of talented individuals to come and do their worst to emulate criminal hackers in a customer-safe cloud environment called the Azure Security Lab.

Corporate IoT - a path to intrusion

Monday, August 05, 2019

Several sources estimate that by the year 2020 some 50 billion IoT devices will be deployed worldwide. IoT devices are purposefully designed to connect to a network and many are simply connected to the internet with little management or oversight. Such devices still must be identifiable, maintained, and monitored by security teams, especially in large complex enterprises.