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Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

A thin sheet of gold, anyway, worth £100k

 

By John Leyden, 9th October 2013
 

A UK security researcher has secured the first Microsoft $100,000 bounty after uncovering ways to get around security defences built into Windows 8.1 Preview, the latest version of Redmond's operating system.

 

James Forshaw, head of vulnerability research at Context Information Security, scooped the award for a new mitigation bypass technique.

Redmond debuted three bounty programmes in June that rewarded researchers for:

  • techniques that bypass built-in OS mitigations and protections,
  • defences that stop those bypasses and
  • the discovery of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 11 Preview.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced payouts totalling $28,000 to six security researchers who collectively reported 15 different bugs in the preview release of Internet Explorer 11.

 

Forshaw has already benefited from discovering design level bugs during the IE11 Preview Bug Bounty, taking his total bounty earnings to $109,400.

 

Microsoft is not providing details of the new mitigation bypass technique uncovered by Forshaw until it can come up with a security fix . Microsoft does, however, praise Forshaw's research in a post on its Blue Hat blog. (More...)

 

Read the rest at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/windows_bypass_bug_bounty/

 

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