Thursday, February 16, 2006

Wanted: Critical Windows Flaw -- Reward: $10,000

Brian Krebs writes on Security Fix:

iDefense, the Reston, Va.-based vulnerability research company recently bought up by Verisign Inc., is offering $10,000 to any hackers who can find a previously unknown security hole in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Here's the catch: The flaw must earn a "critical" rating from Redmond (Microsoft rates security holes as critical if they could be used by a computer worm to spread without any action on the part of the user). Details of the flaw must be submitted exclusively to iDefense by March 31. There is no limit on the number of prizes that can be paid: if five researchers find and report five different Windows flaws for which Microsoft later issues critical advisories, all five will get paid. More details are here.


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