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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Microsoft Angry at Google for Early Bug Disclosure

Microsoft Angry at Google for Early Bug Disclosure

Microsoft Angry at Google for Early Bug Disclosure

Added: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
Microsoft criticized Google for early bug disclosure, after the search giant told the public about a critical Windows bug as soon as 10 days after informing the software maker about it. The bug in question allows privilege escalation in Windows and was discovered by Google two weeks ago. Hackers can use it to get broad access, and Google actually believes they are already actively doing it.


This is why Google classified the bug as “particularly serious” and gave Microsoft only one week to fix it before it reveals its existence. Such condition is part preventative and part punitive, as it allows people who use unpatched versions of the OS to be aware of the risk to be hacked, even if they cannot fix it. In addition, such disclosure helps publicly berate the developer for their delay in fixing the error.

However, Microsoft was angry, because it wasn’t given time to properly issue a patch. The company claimed that it goes beyond the coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and Google’s move only puts customers at potential risk. At the same time, the company reminded its customers that Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security problems and proactively update affected devices. Microsoft recommended customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser.

By the way, this isn’t the first time the two companies have a war of words over the Google’s tight timeline for fixing bugs – for example, back in 2015, the search engine disclosed another vulnerability to the public 3 months after informing Microsoft and just a few weeks before the latter was going to roll out its patch. At the time, Microsoft decided to delay its patch until a regular rollout, because the vulnerability was recognized by both companies as non-critical. However, Google refused to budge on the time limit. In that case, Microsoft’s representatives said that Google’s decision felt less like principles and more like a ‘gotcha’, effectively putting customers in danger. The software maker suggested that what’s right for Google might be not always right for customers. Microsoft reiterated its call for researchers to privately disclose bugs to software providers and cooperating with them until a fix is made available, and only then publish any details.

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Date:  Friday, November 4th, 2016

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-11-05 06:35:14)
chdr1 avatarin other words microsoft don't give a rat's backside about the public user or their security good on google make em jump and do the right thing thank god bill gates don't make cars or we would be all dead

posted by (2016-11-05 11:54:32)
zefron avatar"Microsoft recommended customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser."
Yeah, ok! I'll get right on that...

posted by Turtle (2016-11-06 08:32:48)
ReservoirDogs avatarI see very well in the future, with all the new google devices and google OS coming out nowadays, having a kind of war between those 2 giants with a special team on each side dedicated to find a security hole on the other side to publicly slam their faces... L O L

posted by (2016-11-08 05:27:43)
No avatarim scared about google having all our information than the hackers getting access to those.

posted by (2016-11-10 19:06:49)
KingPorn avatarWindows 10 is a mess! Runs like shit and MS all but forces to to switch.

posted by (2016-11-11 05:36:49)
Adventfire avatarGood thing Google products are perfect......oh wait!

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