Some bugs aren’t worth very much cash. (credit: Daniel Novta)
Microsoft today announced a new bug bounty scheme that would see anyone finding a security flaw in Windows eligible for a payout of up to $15,000.
The company has been running bug bounty programs, wherein security researchers are financially rewarded for discovering and reporting exploitable flaws, since 2013.

Back then, Microsoft was paying up to $11,000 for bugs in Internet Explorer 11.
In the years since then, Microsoft’s bounty schemes have expanded with specific programs offering rewards for those finding flaws in the Hyper-V hypervisor, Windows’ wide range of exploit mitigation systems such as DEP and ASLR, and the Edge browser.
Many of these bounty programs were time-limited, covering software during its beta/development period but ending once it was released.

This structure is an attempt to attract greater scrutiny before exploits are distributed to regular end-users. Last month, the Edge bounty program was made an ongoing scheme no longer tied to any particular timeframe.
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