Menu
Microsoft to pay up to US$15K for bugs in two Visual Studio tools

Microsoft to pay up to US$15K for bugs in two Visual Studio tools

The program applies to .NET Core and ASP.NET, part of Microsoft's runtime and web stack

Microsoft has started a three-month bug bounty program for two tools that are part of Visual Studio 2015.

The program applies to the beta versions of Core CLR, which is the execution engine for .NET Core, and ASP.NET, Microsoft's framework for building websites and web applications. Both are open source.

"The more secure we can make our frameworks, the more secure your software can be," wrote Barry Dorrans, security lead for ASP.NET, in a blog post on Tuesday.

All supported platforms that .NET Core and ASP.NET run on will be eligible for bounties except for beta 8, which will exclude the networking stack for Linux and OS X, Dorrans wrote.

"In later beta and RC releases, once our cross-platform networking stack matches the stability and security it has on Windows, we'll include it within the program," he wrote.

Bounties range from $500 to $15,000, although Microsoft will reward more "depending on the entry quality and complexity." The program started on Oct. 20 and will conclude on Jan. 20, 2016.

The highest reward will go to researchers who've found a remote code execution bug with a functioning exploit and an accompanying, high-quality white paper. On the low end, cross-site scripting or cross-site request forgery bugs with a low-quality report will get $500.

Microsoft is one of many major vendors that have embraced rewarding independent researchers for their work. The advantage of such programs is that a wide variety of people can look at the code, increasing the chance that bugs will be discovered.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments