[Dshield] Microsoft wants to meet more hackers
BKWalker at drbsystems.com
Tue Aug 2 12:35:21 GMT 2005
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> [mailto:list-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Frank Knobbe
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> Subject: Re: [Dshield] Microsoft wants to meet more hackers
> On Mon, 2005-08-01 at 23:18 +0000, Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:
> > Microsoft wants its "Blue Hat" date with hackers to become
> a regular
> > affair, with twice-yearly events where outsiders
> demonstrate flaws in
> > Microsoft's product security.
> In another interview management said: "Honestly, we'd like
> these guys to come more often than twice a year. A monthly or
> weekly schedule would be preferred. It doesn't happen often
> to receive free Quality Assurance and Vulnerability Testing,
> so we would like them to accept that offer we're extending.
> This allows us to restructure our internal QA team from 5 to
> 1 who which will manage the relationship with these pro-bono
> researchers. We will house them for free while they work for
> us for free."
> "Meeting" hackers instead of "Hiring" them is so much more
> efficient it seems...
Seems to me that they need to pay them. This 'deal' is going to affect
the quality of hacker they get I think, not sure exactly how. They
could end up getting passionate, dedicated people that are interested in
helping out.. Or they could get a handful of lusers who know just enough
to exploit flaws.. And perhaps don't have a place to stay at that moment
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