Hackers- You are invited to Hack Microsoft’s Linux based Azure Sphere OS


Microsoft giving USD 100,000(Rs. 75,92,000 approx) for hacking its Linux based Azure Sphere Operating System

Microsoft challenges to hack the security of the company’s custom Linux OS Azure Sphere for 1 lakh USD. The company launched the custom Linux version last year and want to test its security.

The Azure Sphere OS is designed to run on specialized chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The OS is purpose-built for this platform, ensuring basic services and apps run isolated in a sandbox for security purposes.

According to the challenge Microsoft is paying hackers up to $100,000 to breach into the Pluton security subsystem or Secure World sandbox. The Program is set to last for three months starting from 1st June 2020 to 31st August 2020.

Businesses like Starbucks are rolling out Azure Sphere to secure its store equipment, which feeds back data points on the type of beans, coffee temperature, and water quality for every shot of espresso. Microsoft is specifically looking for a group of security researchers to try and break its Linux OS security.

Researchers can apply here for the bounty program.

Microsoft giving USD 100,000(Rs. 75,92000 approx) for hacking its Linux based Azure Sphere Operating System

“This new research challenge aims to spark new high impact security research in Azure Sphere, a comprehensive IoT security solution delivering end to end security across hardware, OS and the cloud,” said Sylvie Liu, a security program manager at Microsoft`s Security Response Center

Liu also added “Engaging the security research community to research for high-impact vulnerabilities before the bad guys do is part of the holistic approach Azure Sphere is taking to minimize the risk. We will award up to $100,000 bounty for specific scenarios in the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge during the program period.”


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