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First steps in CHERIoT Security Research

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

At Microsoft, we invest a lot of time researching and investigating possibilities in our journey to memory safety. Because the massive majority of existing codebases are written in unsafe programming languages, the task of protecting legacy code is very important. Hardware solutions are an attractive approach because they introduce very powerful security properties with low overheads compared to purely software solutions.

New MSRC Blog Site

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

We are excited to announce the release of the new Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog site. Please visit starting February 9th, 2023, for all past and future MSRC blog content. In addition to the new URL, we have refreshed the site with a new look and improved site performance, search, categories, and tags to help users easily find content.

BlueHat 2023: Connecting the security research community with Microsoft

Monday, February 06, 2023

We’re excited to welcome more than 400 members of the security research community from around the world to Redmond, Washington for BlueHat 2023. Hosted by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), BlueHat is where the security research community, and Microsoft security professionals, come together as peers to connect, share, learn, and exchange ideas in the interest of creating a safer and more secure world for all.

Microsoft Investigation - Threat actor consent phishing campaign abusing the verified publisher process

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Summary On December 15th, 2022, Microsoft became aware of a consent phishing campaign involving threat actors fraudulently impersonating legitimate companies when enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program (MCPP) (formerly known as Microsoft Partner Network (MPN)). The actor used fraudulent partner accounts to add a verified publisher to OAuth app registrations they created in Azure AD.

Congratulations to the Top MSRC 2022 Q4 Security Researchers!

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Congratulations to all the researchers recognized in this quarter’s Microsoft Researcher Recognition Program leaderboard! Thank you to everyone for your hard work and continued partnership to secure customers. The top three researchers of the 2022 Q4 Security Researcher Leaderboard are: goodbyeselene, Jarvis_1oop, and kap0k! Check out the full list of researchers recognized this quarter here.

Microsoft resolves four SSRF vulnerabilities in Azure cloud services

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Summary Microsoft recently fixed a set of Server-Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerabilities in four Azure services (Azure API Management, Azure Functions, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure Digital Twins) reported by Orca Security. These SSRF vulnerabilities were determined to be low risk as they do not allow access to sensitive information or Azure backend services.

Security Update Guide Improvement – Representing Hotpatch Updates

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Today we are updating the way Microsoft Security Update Guide (SUG) represents the Windows Hotpatch feature to make it easier for users to identify the hotpatch and security updates. Hotpatching was introduced a year ago as a new way to install updates on supported Windows Server Azure Edition virtual machines (VMs) without requiring a reboot after installation.

BlueHat 2023: Applications to Attend NOW OPEN!

Friday, December 02, 2022

We are excited to announce that applications to attend BlueHat 2023 are now open BlueHat 2023 will be the 20th version of the BlueHat conference and will once again be on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA, USA, from February 8 – 9, 2023. Hosted by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), BlueHat is where the security research community, and Microsoft security professionals, come together as peers, to connect, share, and learn.

A Ride on the Wild Side with Hacking Heavyweight Sick Codes

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Beverage of Choice: Krating Daeng (Thai Red Bull) Industry Influencer he Admires: Casey John Ellis What did you want to be when you grew up? A physician and nearly did Hobbies (Present & Past): Motorcycling & Australian Football Bucket List: Continuing to discover new software Fun Fact: He currently has 2,000 tabs open