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Congratulations to the MSRC 2023 Most Valuable Security Researchers!

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The Microsoft Researcher Recognition Program offers public thanks and recognition to security researchers who help protect our customers through discovering and sharing security vulnerabilities under Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure.

Today, we are excited to recognize this year’s top 100 Most Valuable Researchers (MVRs) based on the total number of points earned for each valid report. Congratulations to each of our MSRC 2023 Most Valuable Researchers! Check out the full list of researchers recognized this year here.

Researcher Leaderboard 1 through 10

This list recognizes researchers who submitted valid vulnerabilities between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, and earned the most points. This year in addition to the top 100, we have also included all researchers who have earned points through their vulnerability submissions this recognition period. We thank you for your partnership and look forward to seeing you climb in the ranks! To learn more about our program scope and how to earn points for each valid vulnerability, check out our program page.

In addition to our top 100 leaderboard, our annual technology area-specific leaderboards recognize researchers who have submitted high-impact vulnerabilities in particular product areas.

Congratulations to the top Azure researchers this year: goodbyeselene, Zhiyi Zhang, Anonymous!

MSRC 2023 MVR Azure Security Researcher Leaderboard

Congratulations to the top Office researchers this year: Mat Powell working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative, zcgonvh, Rocco Calvi (@TecR0c)!

MSRC 2023 MVR Office Security Researcher Leaderboard

Congratulations to the top Windows researchers this year: Yuki Chen, Jarvis_1oop, Wh1tc & Zhiniang Peng!

MSRC 2023 MVR Windows Security Researcher Leaderboard

Congratulations to the top Dynamics 365 researchers this year: Erik Donker @kire_devs_hacks, batram, Abdullah (@xmrdoel)!

MSRC 2023 MVR Dynamics 365 Security Researcher Leaderboard

In addition to MVR status, researchers are awarded badges to represent the following achievements:

  • Accuracy icon Accuracy - recognizes researchers with 100% accuracy, meaning all their submissions were valid vulnerability reports
  • Impact icon Impact - recognizes high-impact work, with the average points per valid vulnerability report at or above the 90th percentile
  • Volume icon Volume - recognizes a larger body of work, requiring at least five valid vulnerability reports

Our 2023 Top 100 MVRs will receive an MSRC swag box and digital badges to share their accomplishments on social media and professional portfolios. Researchers will be receiving an email from in the coming month to claim their swag and badges.

Congratulations to each of the researchers recognized and thank you for continuing to partner with us to secure customers. We’re excited to see what you do in the next year!

Madeline Eckert, MSRC

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