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Microsoft pays out $28K to IE bug hunters in its first-ever bounty program

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 8, 2013
Security expert calls it a success -- enough bugs to fill one or two IE updates -- even though the dollar amount was about the same as Google's for the last iteration of Chrome

Storms rated the IE11 program a success, if only because, as Microsoft's first true bug bounty, it was a milestone. But he also characterized the quantity of reported vulnerabilities as "a healthy number" in an interview via instant message today.

"If you consider the number of CVEs for IE patched on any given Patch Tuesday, this lot probably represents one or two months of IE bulletins," Storm said.

Microsoft will release the final of IE11 for Windows 8 and Windows RT on Oct. 17, when it offers the Windows 8.1 update to current users. IE11 on the more popular Windows 7 is to ship some time this fall.


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