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Congratulations to the Top MSRC 2023 Q1 Security Researchers!

Thursday, April 13, 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 2023 Q1 Security Researcher Leaderboard are: Kai Lu (@K3vinLuSec), Yuki Chen, and wh1tc & Edwardzpeng! Check out the full list of researchers recognized this quarter here.

Best practices regarding Azure Storage Keys, Azure Functions, and Azure Role Based Access

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Summary Azure provides developers and security operations staff a wide array of configurable security options to meet organizational needs. Throughout the software development lifecycle, it is important for customers to understand the shared responsibility model, as well as be familiar with various security best practices. This is particularly important in deploying Azure Functions and in provisioning Azure Role Based Access Control as customers are responsible for configuring and managing applications, identity, and data.

Guidance on Potential Misconfiguration of Authorization of Multi-Tenant Applications that use Azure AD

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Summary Microsoft has addressed an authorization misconfiguration for multi-tenant applications that use Azure AD, initially discovered by Wiz, and reported to Microsoft, that impacted a small number of our internal applications. The misconfiguration allowed external parties read and write access to the impacted applications. Microsoft immediately corrected the misconfiguration and added additional authorization checks to address the issue and confirmed that no unintended access had occurred.

Microsoft Mitigates Outlook Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

May 9, 2023 update: Releases for Microsoft Products has been updated with the release of CVE-2023-29324 - Security Update Guide - Microsoft - Windows MSHTML Platform Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability March 24, 2023 update: Impact Assessment has been updated to a link to Guidance for investigating attacks using CVE-2023-23397 - Microsoft Security Blog.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Threat Hunting

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

As more businesses shift away from running workloads on dedicated virtual machines to running them inside containers using workload orchestrators like Kubernetes, adversaries have become more interested in them as targets. Moreover, the benefits Kubernetes provides for managing workloads are also extended to adversaries. As adversaries leverage Kubernetes to run their workloads, their understanding of how these platforms work and can be exploited increases.

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.