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In June, Microsoft announced that it would start paying third-party security researchers for their work. Specifically, up to $11,000 was available for critical vulnerabilities discovered in the Internet Explorer 11 beta (a scheme that's ...
In June, Microsoft announced that it would start paying third-party security researchers for their work. Specifically, up to $11,000 was available for critical vulnerabilities discovered in the Internet Explorer 11 beta (a scheme that's now over), and up to $100,000 was available for any technique that bypassed Windows' built-in exploit mitigation schemes. Four months later, the company has paid its first $100,000 bounty. Researcher James Forshaw from Context Information Security has created an as-yet unpublicized way of exploiting Windows applications that defeats systemic protections such as Address Space Layout Randomization and Data Execution Prevention. Unlike other bug bounty programs like the one Google runs for its products, Microsoft is not paying out for individual bugs in released software. The company says that there are already plenty of companies willing to pay for such bugs, so there's no particular need to get in on that action. Rather, the $100,000 scheme pays out for entire classes of exploits, in principle enabling Microsoft to provide generic solutions that will make lots of bugs harder to use maliciously. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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A nagging issue with the original release's reports has finally been fixed in this re-release. read more
A nagging issue with the original release's reports has finally been fixed in this re-release. read more
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Microsoft seems ready to make use of its reseller channel to push its tablets. A distribution program may kick off in Australia first.
Microsoft seems ready to make use of its reseller channel to push its tablets. A distribution program may kick off in Australia first.
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Yes, we'll get a third Windows Phone 8 update first. Still.... While Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is right around the corner—and, yes, I'll be writing more about this important update so...
Yes, we'll get a third Windows Phone 8 update first. Still.... While Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is right around the corner—and, yes, I'll be writing more about this important update soon—I recently received some information about Windows Phone 8.1 that may be of interest. Due in 2014, Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed "Blue," will address some issues with the current release of the OS and will include some surprising changes, if my source is correct. read more
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The handset business for BlackBerry is pretty much dust at this point, but to be attractive to a potential suitor there still has to be a little value somewhere. read more
The handset business for BlackBerry is pretty much dust at this point, but to be attractive to a potential suitor there still has to be a little value somewhere. read more
about 5 hours ago
Microsoft Corp. said it will host a series of events to highlight the Oct. 22 sales launch of its new Surface 2 tablet, including a performance by Pitbull in Florida. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is hoping the new Surface tablet sells bet...
Microsoft Corp. said it will host a series of events to highlight the Oct. 22 sales launch of its new Surface 2 tablet, including a performance by Pitbull in Florida. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is hoping the new Surface tablet sells better than the previous version; Microsoft took a $900 million hit on its fourth-quarter earnings because of its slow-selling Surface RT tablet. The company has made some upgrades to the new Surface tablets, including a new kickstand and faster processors. To kick off…
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With Microsoft having signed-off on Windows Server 2012 R2 and its release scheduled for October 18, 2013, it's not a great time to hear that an issue has been identified that could affect some customers right away. read more
With Microsoft having signed-off on Windows Server 2012 R2 and its release scheduled for October 18, 2013, it's not a great time to hear that an issue has been identified that could affect some customers right away. read more
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Jeff Bezos is ranked No. 1 on Vanity Fair's new power list of innovators. The CEO of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose from last year's No. 3 ranking and ranks ahead of Google Inc.'s Larry Page and Sergey Brin at No. 2 and Apple Inc...
Jeff Bezos is ranked No. 1 on Vanity Fair's new power list of innovators. The CEO of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose from last year's No. 3 ranking and ranks ahead of Google Inc.'s Larry Page and Sergey Brin at No. 2 and Apple Inc.'s Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive at No. 3. "Amazon has no serious rivals in online retail, the stock price is up more than sevenfold since 2008, and the only question is how far Bezos can expand his reach," Vanity Fair wrote of Bezos.
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A future of devices and services, go figure Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt appeared separately this week at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo. And while...
A future of devices and services, go figure Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt appeared separately this week at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo. And while one might naturally expect the two to offering differing visions for IT, they really didn't, once you get past their company-specific boosting: Both believe the future for IT is more cloud-based services serving a variety of device types. read more
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The new Windows Update Cleanup installs and plugs in to the standard Windows 7 Disk Cleanup wizard maintenance utility. Once installed, Windows Update Cleanup becomes just another option you can choose in the wizard. read more
The new Windows Update Cleanup installs and plugs in to the standard Windows 7 Disk Cleanup wizard maintenance utility. Once installed, Windows Update Cleanup becomes just another option you can choose in the wizard. read more
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