Security Research

Security Analysis of CHERI ISA

Is it possible to get to a state where memory safety issues would be deterministically mitigated? Our quest to mitigate memory corruption vulnerabilities led us to examine CHERI (Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions), which provides memory protection features against many exploited vulnerabilities, or in other words, an architectural solution that breaks exploits. We’ve looked at …

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Azure Sphere

Concluding the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, Microsoft Awards $374,300 to Global Security Research Community

The Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge brought together 70 researchers from 21 countries to help secure Azure Sphere customers and expand Microsoft’s partnerships with the global IoT security research community. During the three-month Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, researchers surfaced 20 Critical or Important severity security vulnerabilities, with Microsoft awarding $374,300 in bounty awards for …

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What to Expect When Reporting Vulnerabilities to Microsoft

At the Microsoft Security Response Center’s (MSRC), our primary mission is to help protect our customers. One of the ways we do this is by working with security researchers to discover security vulnerabilities in our services and products, and then making sure those that pose a threat to customers get fixed. Many researchers report these …

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Updates to the Windows Insider Preview Bounty Program

Partnering with the research community is an important part of Microsoft’s holistic approach to defending against security threats. Bounty programs are one part of this partnership, designed to encourage and reward vulnerability research focused on the highest impact to customer security. The Windows Insider Preview (WIP) Bounty Program is a key program for Microsoft and …

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

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. To proactively …

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Azure Sphere

Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge Now Open

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 …

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Announcing the Xbox Bounty program

Announcing the new Xbox Bounty. 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).

Announcing the Microsoft Identity Research Project Grant

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).