Microsoft offers up to $100,000 to find Windows 8.1 exploits

In just one week, Microsoft will launch the first official public preview version of Windows 8.1, along with the first preview of Internet Explorer 11. Today, Microsoft announced plans to offer people a lot of money if they find and report exploits in its updated OS and browser.

Microsoft's security blog has revealed three new bounty programs that will start when the public preview of Windows 8.1 is released on June 26th. The biggest one is the Mitigation Bypass Bounty, which will pay up to $100,000 to developers who find "truly novel exploitation techniques" in Windows 8.1.

The second program is the BlueHat Bonus for Defense, which offers up to $50,000 for "defensive ideas that block a qualifying mitigation bypass technique." Both the Mitigation Bypass and the BlueHat Bonus for Defense programs are ongoing bounties.

Finally, Microsoft is offering up to $11,000 for anyone that finds "critical vulnerabilities" in the public preview for IE11. That program begins on June 26 but will end 30 days later on July 26th. More details on all three bounty programs, including some advice on how to submit a good exploit report, can be found on another Microsoft blog post.

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