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 disclosure concepts, and is meant as an introduction… Read more

Hacker Olympics: a shout-out from Vancouver, BC!

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 Handle:Mando Picker IRL: Dustin Childs Rank: Security Program Manager Likes: Protecting customers, working with security researchers, second Tuesdays, bourbon, mandolins Dislikes: Using… Read more

BlueHat Security Forum: Buenos Aires Edition–Shipping!

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 I’m here at the second edition of the BlueHat Security Forum, this time in Buenos Aires. So far it is shaping up to… Read more

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 Response Center (MSRC). I just returned from Germany earlier this month, where I spent some… Read more

G’day mate, howsitgoing?

Handle:Avatar IRL: Karl Hanmore Rank: Senior Security Strategist (aka Sergeant Grunt) Likes: Getting the job done, bringing the fight to the bad guys, good single malt whiskey Dislikes: Cowards, talkers not doers, red tape, humidity G’day, or should I say howdy, y’all. As the newest member of the Microsoft EcoStrat team, I figured I would… Read more

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 in Redmond. Last year, we experimented with a day dedicated to attacks and… Read more

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 talks at Black Hat, the old and new friends, the excitement and the… Read more

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 and head out to the… Read more