The latest bug bounty program launched by Microsoft and Symantec has put an end to the use of zero-days as a means of exploiting vulnerabilities.
The companies announced that they had stopped using zero-years as a vulnerability exploitation technique, saying it had become a more effective and scalable technique.
The move comes at a time when there is an increased awareness of vulnerabilities in hardware and software products.
SymantEC said it stopped using a zero-year vulnerability exploitation method for software products in December 2018, after finding out about one in five software vendors were using it.
Microsoft and its partners have also introduced new zero- year exploits for its products in the past few months.
The Symantect platform, which provides security analysis tools for many of the most popular software products, including Microsoft Office and Windows, has been targeted by zero-Year exploits in the last few years.
The Symantix researchers discovered a zero year vulnerability in Symantemps software products on March 5, 2018.
The company stopped using the exploit on March 19, 2018, and Symantiac also stopped using it for its software products beginning on October 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 respectively.
Symantec announced the development of a new, fully automated tool that detects zero- Years in software and allows users to block them.
The tool is still not in production and will be rolling out to users in the coming months.
It is a first for the Symantech company and could also have an impact on the development and testing of software products like Symantefire.
Symantee also announced that it will now provide a tool to the public that can detect zero years in software.
Microsoft said that the tool will provide a “powerful way to assess and mitigate risks to your systems.”
It also said that it is not actively monitoring zero years and that Symantex and Symantext will continue to monitor the security of its software.
Microsoft also announced the establishment of a zero years advisory board that will include leading security researchers, analysts and advisory boards to help with the detection of zero years.