Microsoft is pleased to announce the launch of a vulnerability bounty program for the latest technical preview versions of the Nano Server installation option of Windows Server 2016. The program begins 29th April 2016, and ends on 29th July 2016. For the duration of the program, individuals across the globe have the opportunity to submit vulnerabilities found in the technical preview versions of Nano Server. Qualified submissions are eligible for payment from a minimum of $500 USD to $15,000 USD, and bounties will be paid out at Microsoft’s discretion based on the quality and complexity of the vulnerability. Microsoft may pay more than $15,000 USD, depending on the entry quality and complexity.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE SUBMISSION?:
Vulnerability submissions (“submissions”) provided to Microsoft must meet the following criteria to be eligible for payment:
Microsoft may reject any submission, that it determines (in its sole discretion) does not meet these criteria.
HOW ARE PAYMENT AMOUNTS SET?:
The payment range for eligible submissions will be based upon the following:
Vulnerability type | Proof of concept | Report | Payout range
RCE in Nano Server| Required| High Quality| Up to $15,000 USD
Required| Low Quality| Up to $5,000 USD
Remote Unauthenticated Denial of Service, Elevation of Privilege, or other higher severity vulnerabilities in specific Nano Server DLLs| Required| High Quality| Up to $9,000 USD
Required| Low Quality| Up to $1,500 USD
Other Important severity vulnerabilities impacting Nano Server DLLs (spoofing, information disclosure etc.)| Required| N/A| $500
*Higher payouts are possible, at Microsoft’s sole discretion, based on entry quality and complexity.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN INELIGIBLE SUBMISSION?
The aim of the bug bounty program is to uncover significant vulnerabilities that have a direct and demonstrable impact on the security of our users and our users’ data. While we encourage any submissions that describe security vulnerabilities in our browsers, the following are examples of vulnerabilities that will not earn a bounty reward under this program:
We reserve the right to reject any submission that we determine, in our sole discretion, falls into any of these categories of vulnerabilities even if otherwise eligible for a bounty.
HOW DO I PROVIDE MY SUBMISSION?
Send your complete submission to Microsoft at email@example.com using the bug submission guidelines found here. We request you follow Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure when reporting all vulnerabilities. We are not responsible for submissions that we do not receive for any reason. We will exercise reasonable efforts to clarify indecipherable or incomplete submissions.
If you provide us with an otherwise eligible submission, but do not follow Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure—for example, by publishing the vulnerability when or before you submit it under this program—then Microsoft may deem your submission to be ineligible under this program. We may also bar you from receiving compensation under future Microsoft Bounty programs.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
You are eligible to participate in this program if:
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
The decisions made by Microsoft are final and binding. Microsoft may cancel this program at any time, for any reason. Be sure to read all of these terms before sending us any submission. If you send us a submission for this program, you are agreeing to these terms. If you do not want to agree with these terms, do not send us any submissions or otherwise participate in this program.
WHAT CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS DO I TAKE ON BY PROVIDING MY SUBMISSION?
If you send us a submission for this program, you are agreeing that you will never disclose functioning exploit code (including binaries of that code) for the applicable vulnerability to any other entity, unless Microsoft makes that code generally publicly available or you are required by law to disclose it. This does not prevent you from discussing the vulnerability or showing the effects of the exploit in code.
I’VE SENT MY SUBMISSION. NOW WHAT?
Bounties will be paid out at Microsoft’s discretion based on the quality and complexity of the vulnerability. Microsoft retains sole discretion in determining which submissions are qualified. The minimum bounty paid for a qualified submission is $500 USD up to a maximum of $15,000 USD. There are no restrictions on the number of qualified submissions an individual submitter can provide and be paid for.If we receive multiple bug reports for the same issue from different parties, the bounty will be granted to the first submission.
If you do not wish to receive a bounty payment for your vulnerability submission, Microsoft will gladly work with you to donate the bounty to an approved charity.
All individuals who have been awarded bounties will additionally be recognized on our Bounty Honor Roll page.
Please see the privacy statement regarding this program.
It is your responsibility to comply with any polices that your employer may have that would affect your eligibility to participate in the bug bounty programs. If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from participating or receiving bounty payment(s). Government employees who want to participate are required to provide a letter from their employer’s ethics compliance officer confirming their ability to participate in this program. All payments will be made in compliance with local laws, regulations, and ethics rules. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter.
If we determine that your submission is qualified, Microsoft will notify you by sending a reply to your email submission. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or if you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may not provide payment.
If there is a dispute as to who the qualified submitter is, we will consider the eligible submitter to be the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter the program. Before receiving a bounty payment, you are required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility (a formal statement that verifies your personal information), a Liability/Publicity Release (which provides permission for Microsoft to use your name and likeness without pursuing future claims), and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form, all within 30 calendar days of notification of validation. If you want to remain anonymous to the public, we will honor your request, but we must know your legal name in order to pay you. If your submission is qualified and you are 14 or older but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed or do not return the required forms within the time period listed on the notification message, we may not provide payment. We cannot process payment until we have received the fully executed required documentation.
If your submission is qualified, please note:
Microsoft is not claiming any ownership rights to your submission. However, by providing your submission to Microsoft, you:
This program is hosted in the United States, and submissions are collected on computers in the United States. This program will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes that arise out of this program.
Microsoft thanks you for your participation.