In an effort to make Office a little more secure and leverage the help of testers, Microsoft is launching a new Bug Bounty Program for Office Insiders. If you're a part of the Office Insider program on Windows, the Bug Bounty Program represents a good way to not only assist in the development process, but earn a little extra cash as well.

Microsoft kicks off Bug Bounty Program for Office Insiders

Microsoft is offering cash rewards ranging from as little as $500 up to a maximum of $15,000 for particularly nasty bugs. As you might expect, however, there are some caveats as to what qualifies as an "eligible submission." Here's a look:

  • Identify an original and previously unreported vulnerability in the current Office Insider build on a fully patched Windows 10 Desktop
  • The vulnerability must reproduce on the most recent Office Insider slow build to qualify for a bounty
  • If a submission reproduces in a previous Office Insider slow build but not the current Office slow build available at the time of your submission, then the submission is ineligible
  • Include concise reproducibility steps that are easily understood. (This allows submissions to be processed as quickly as possible and supports the highest payment for the type of vulnerability being reported.)
  • Include the Office version number and slow build number on which the vulnerability reproduces
  • To find the number, go to File -> Account -> Office update (version and build number)

The Bug Bounty Program is set to last for a total of 3 months, running from March 15 through June 15. For more on the technical aspects of the program, you can check out Microsoft's full terms.