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Machine Learning Security Evasion Competition 2020 Invites Researchers to Defend and Attack

Monday, June 01, 2020

Machine learning (ML) is an increasingly valuable tool in cyber security as adversaries continually evolve their tactics and techniques to evade detection. As machine learning has advanced and sophisticated ML models have been developed to assist security professionals in protecting the cloud, adversaries have been busy developing malware designed to evade ML models.

Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge Now Open

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge is an expansion of Azure Security Lab, announced at Black Hat in August 2019. At that time, a select group of talented researchers was invited to come and do their worst, emulating criminal hackers in a customer-safe cloud environment. This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact security research in Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution delivering end to end security across hardware, OS and the cloud.

Announcing the Xbox Bounty program

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Xbox Bounty program today. The Xbox bounty program invites gamers, security researchers, and technologists around the world to help identify security vulnerabilities in the Xbox network and services, and share them with the Microsoft Xbox team through Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD). Eligible submissions with a clear and concise proof of concept (POC) are eligible for awards up to US$20,000.

Announcing the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant

Thursday, January 09, 2020

We are excited to announce the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant a new opportunity in partnership with the security community to help protect Microsoft customers. This project grant awards up to $75,000 USD for approved research proposals that improve the security of the Microsoft Identity solutions in new ways for both Consumers (Microsoft Account) and Enterprise (Azure Active Directory).

Vulnerability hunting with Semmle QL: DOM XSS

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

In two previous blog posts ( part 1 and part 2), we talked about using Semmle QL in C and C++ codebases to find vulnerabilities such as integer overflow, path traversal, and those leading to memory corruption. In this post, we will explore applying Semmle QL to web security by hunting for one of­­­ the most common type of client-side vulnerabilities: DOM-based cross-site scripting (XSS).

Microsoft Identity Bounty Improvements

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Microsoft is continually improving our existing bounty programs. Today we’re happy to share the latest updates to the Microsoft Identity Bounty. Originally launched in July 2018, the Microsoft Identity bounty program has helped build a partnership with the security research community to improve the security of customer and enterprise identity solutions across Azure, Windows, and OpenID standards.

Introducing the ElectionGuard Bounty program

Friday, October 18, 2019

Today we are launching the [ElectionGuard Bounty program](«http://www.microsoft.com/msrc/bounty-electionguard> >). In May 2019, we announced the release of ElectionGuard, a free open-source SDK to make voting more secure, transparent, and accessible. ElectionGuard enables end-to-end verification of elections, open results to third-party organizations for secure validation, and allows individual voters to confirm their votes were correctly counted.

Calling all breakers & builders: BlueHat Seattle registration is open!

Monday, September 16, 2019

@TODO: Exciting changes are coming to BlueHat Seattle 2019! If you’d like to attend this premier security conference, we have good news for you: registration for BlueHat Seattle is now open and we hope you register. Wait, isn’t BlueHat invitation-only? It is…but if we haven’t sent you an invitation, we encourage you to request a seat.

Attacking the VM Worker Process

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In the past year we invested a lot of time making Hyper-V research more accessible to everyone. Our first blog post, “First Steps in Hyper-V Research”, describes the tools and setup for debugging the hypervisor and examines the interesting attack surfaces of the virtualization stack components. We then published “Fuzzing para-virtualized devices in Hyper-V”, which has been the focus of our friends at the Virtualization Security Team.

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.