Microsoft’s recently launched bug bounty-hunting program has paid off for six researchers who have been awarded over $28,000 so far by the tech giant.
In June, Microsoft released the preview version of their latest web browser, Internet Explorer 11, in order to allow researchers and security experts to find flaws and vulnerabilities in the program. The aim of the bug bounty program is to stamp out any security vulnerabilities in the software which may be exploited.
The six bug-hunters who have been paid by Microsoft so far have reported a total of 15 vulnerabilities between them in the preview version of Internet Explorer 11. In their quest to perfect this version of Internet Explorers, Microsoft offered researchers up to $11,000 per bug found, depending on the seriousness of the flaw. Since the new browser will ship as part of Windows 8.1 on October 18, bug hunters don’t have long left to seek out those golden flaws.
As a part of Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 will be a big target for malware writers and hackers, giving Microsoft an excellent incentive to seek out as many potential problems as possible. The hope for Microsoft is that they will be able to release a browser which is free of obvious security vulnerabilities.