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  • Blog Post: BlueHat v14 is almost here

    It’s that time of year and BlueHat v14 is almost upon us. As always, BlueHat is an opportunity for us to bring the brightest minds in security together, both internal and external, to discuss and tackle some of the hardest problems facing the industry today. Through this conference, our engineering...
  • Blog Post: Observations from the EcoStrat-isphere

    Handle: Security Blanki IRL: Sarah Blankinship Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead Likes: Vuln wrangling, teams of rivals, global climate change - the hotter the better Dislikes: Slack jawed gawkers (girls are geeks too!), customers @ risk, egos As part of the quest to help "secure the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the BlueHat Security Forum: EU Edition

    Handle: C-Lizzle IRL: Celene Temkin Rank: Program Manager 2 & BlueHat Project Manager Likes: Culinary warfare, BlueHat hackers and responsible disclosure Dislikes: Acts of hubris, MySpace, orange mocha Frappaccinos! Hey folks! I know this is typically the time of year when birds are...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Live Pwnage: Mitigation Bypass Bounty Machine Specs for Black Hat

    With about one week to go before we all gather at Black Hat in Las Vegas, we’re getting inquiries about precisely how the promised Live Mitigation Bypass Bounty judging at Black Hat will work. For most of the world, it works best when you get a good spot at the Microsoft booth (#301) around noon...
  • Blog Post: The year-end review – well, sort of :)

    Handle: Cap'n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run Hey! It’s that time of year again for all of us to pack up...
  • Blog Post: Numbers, Big Numbers, at the RSA Conference 2010

    Handle: Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni San Francisco has always been a somewhat odd but pleasant...
  • Blog Post: Blue Dawn

    Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film Red Dawn ,the United States was invaded...
  • Blog Post: Community Based Defense - Redux

    Handle: The Crushman IRL: Andrew Cushman Rank: Security Director Likes: Cranberry juice (thanks Jay!) Dislikes: Super helpful hotel desk clerks (thanks Raoul?) OMG it’s great to be back in Vegas again – the shows, the shopping, the nightlife, and let’s not forget the...
  • Blog Post: CanSecWest: Caution, Community at Play

    CanSecWest , in beautiful Vancouver BC, is one of my favorite conferences each year. It’s a cozy little security con that brings together security researchers from all parts of the security ecosystem. Like a PhNeutral or a BlueHat , one never quite knows what to expect out of a CanSecWest, but...
  • Blog Post: Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure: Bringing Balance to the Force

    Today on the MSRC blog, Matt Thomlinson, General Manager of Trustworthy Computing Security, announced our new philosophy on Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure. I wanted to provide some context and history on how this came about. This post is about changing the way we at Microsoft talk about some familiar...
  • Blog Post: Ahn-young-ha-seh-yo & Kon-ni-chi-wa

    Handle: Cap'n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run Hi! It's been a while since I've had a chance to blog about all the things...
  • Blog Post: From Bounties to the BlueHat Prize – Evolutionary Thinking in Valuing Security Research

    Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice Today on the MSRC blog , Matt Thomlinson announced...
  • Blog Post: There were dragons. Everywhere.

    Handle: volty IRL: Joe Hemmerlein Rank: Security Grunt (aka Security Program Manager) Likes: Quality engineering, diverting things from their intended use, processes and tools Dislikes: Meat, speed limits, getting up in the morning Guten Morgen! Joe Hemmerlein hier vom Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: New Bounty Programs – One Week In

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft made an important evolutionary step in our work with the security community when we announced our first-ever bounty programs for security issues. One week ago, the Windows 8.1 Preview and Internet Explorer 11 Preview became available for download , and the doors officially opened...
  • Blog Post: Heart of Blue Gold – Announcing New Bounty Programs

    Our Philosophy At the heart of our community outreach programs, we’ve always had the same philosophy: help increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security research community. We have evolved and deepened our relationships with this community since the earliest days...
  • Blog Post: Announcing BlueHat v9: Through the Looking Glass

    Handle: C-Lizzle IRL: Celene Temkin Rank: Program Manager 2 & BlueHat Project Manager Likes: Culinary warfare, BlueHat hackers and responsible disclosure Dislikes: Acts of hubris, MySpace, orange mocha Frappaccinos! BlueHat v9 will take place from October 21 to 23 at the Microsoft campus...
  • Blog Post: Who Gets It and Who Doesn’t? (Windows Genuine Advantage and Security Updates)

    Handle: Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using "It's hard" as an excuse, quitting when it gets tough, banjos One of the things I get to do in the...
  • Blog Post: BlueHat v9 Brings the Looking Glass To You...

    Handle: C-Lizzle IRL: Celene Temkin Rank: Program Manager 2 & BlueHat Project Manager Likes: Culinary warfare, BlueHat hackers and responsible disclosure Dislikes: Acts of hubris, MySpace, orange mocha Frappaccinos! Celene here from the MSRC Ecosystem Strategy Team. BlueHat v9: Through...
  • Blog Post: One Month Analysis: Exploitability Index

    Handle: Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns Hey folks – We’ve just released the November...
  • Blog Post: Doors Open for New Bounty Programs

    As we announced last week , Microsoft is now offering $100,000 bounties for new exploitation techniques that can bypass our latest platform-wide defenses and up to $50,000 bonus bounties for defense ideas. We’re also offering (from now until July 26) bounties of up to $11,000 for critical security...
  • Blog Post: Chills and Thrills at FIRST

    Sveika! Hey Steve here, been a while since I posted on the EcoStrat blog. With all the security events that happened during the latter half of 2008, I have been very focused on working with the security update releases and Microsoft Active Protections Program ( MAPP ). Handle: Cap'n Steve ...
  • Blog Post: 心の会合: The Gathering

    Handle: Cap'n Steve IRL: Steve Adegbite Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Reverse Engineering an obscene amount of code and ripping it up on a snowboard Dislikes: Not much but if you hear me growl…run Konnichiwa! I guess you are wondering why I said hello in Japanese...
  • Blog Post: Hack.lu: Why it’s all about building bridges

    Handle: Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni “We want to remain what we are” (“Mir...
  • Blog Post: A Brussels retrospective from Oahu

    Handle: Security Blanki IRL: Sarah Blankinship Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead Likes: Vuln wrangling, teams of rivals, global climate change - the hotter the better Dislikes: Slack jawed gawkers (girls are geeks too!), customers @ risk, egos Aloha from the Shakacon III , a security...
  • Blog Post: On the Shoulders of Blue Giants

    Handle: k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice BlueHat v12 here in Redmond is in full swing –...