Internet Explorer Team Pays Out $28,000 For Security Exploits

You may recall a few months back we reported on a new bounty program from the Internet Explorer team that offered cash rewards for finding security exploits.  The program has been successful and Microsoft has paid out over $28,000 to individuals who found and reported these exploits to the team.  Interestingly enough some submissions were from Google engineers, but the money was donated to charity in those cases.  Google does have a similar program for Chrome, and these type of programs do help create a more secure browser for all users.

James Forshaw, @tiraniddo, Context Security

4 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty – $4,400

1 Bonus for finding cool IE design vulnerabilities – $5,000

Jose Antonio Vazquez Gonzalez, Yenteasy – Security Research

5 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty vulnerabilities – $5,500

Ivan Fratric, Google, Inc security team

Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty $1,100 - Donated to Save the Children Fund

Masato Kinugawa

2 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty vulnerabilities – $2,200

Fermin J. Serna, Google, Inc

1 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty $500 - Donated to Save the Seattle Humane Society

Peter Vreugdenhil, Exodus Intelligence

1 Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty – Tier 1

Source:
BlueHat Blog

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  • Yuan Taizong

    Although this may cost Microsoft some bucks today, it will save them on bugs tomorrow, I’m glad that these people have contributed to improving the best browser :-)

    I can’t wait for the new Internet Explorer experience on Windows 8.1 (Blue) and I hope that Internet Explorer Mobile will get a similar treatment for Windows Phone 8.1 (Blue).