$100,000 reward for anyone who can hack MicroSoft’s custom Linux OS


The tech giant created a lightweight and custom version of Linux last year for their Azure OS Sphere, which is designed to run on advanced chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Microsoft is promising hackers up to $100,000 to breach the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The OS is built specifically for this platform and it ensures essential apps and software run in an isolated sandbox for security purposes.

Microsoft wants hackers to check Azure Sphere OS security, paying up to $100,000 for compromising Pluton’s protection subsystem or Secure World sandbox. The event will last for from 1st June – 31st August. “We will award up to $100,000 bounty for specific scenarios in the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge during the program period,” says Sylvie Liu, Microsoft’s Security Program Manager.

The challenge is the Azure Sphere OS itself and not the cloud component underlying it. Microsoft is looking for a group of security researchers, who are able to breach the Linux OS security system. You can apply here.

At the Build Developer Conference last year, Azure Sphere was revealed and is still very recent. Corporations like Starbucks are using Azure Sphere to protect their store equipment, which stores data for bean size, coffee temperature and water quality for every shot of espresso.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, sees IoT devices as a key component of the company. Nadella traces billions IoT systems which will be used in the next decade, according to experts. Azure Sphere is a vital part of the challenge to help secure and manage these devices and part of Microsoft’s enhanced strategy to conquer an ever growing cloud-based future.

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