AI for security: Microsoft Security Risk Detection makes debut

The team behind Project Springfield includes, from left, Stas Tishkin, William Blum, Marc Greisen, Cheick Omar Keita, Dave Tamasi, David Molnar (seated) , Theresa Pacheco, Marina Polishchuk, Patrice Godefroid and Ram Nagaraja. (Photography by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures)Microsoft is making a cloud service that uses artificial intelligence to track down bugs in software generally available, and it will begin offering a preview version of the tool for Linux users as well. Microsoft Security Risk Detection, previously known as Project Springfield, is a cloud-based tool that developers can use to look for bugs and other security vulnerabilities in the software they are preparing to release or use. The tool is designed to catch the vulnerabilities before the software goes out the door, saving companies the heartache of having to patch a bug, deal with crashes or respond to an attack after it has been released. David Molnar, the Microsoft researcher who leads the group delivering the risk detection tool, said companies have traditionally hired security experts to do this kind of work, which is called fuzz testing, if they did it at all. As the sheer volume of software that companies create and use has increased, it’s gotten harder to keep…


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