Updated Last week I railed against the irresponsible disclosure by a Google engineer of a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s code.
Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher employed by Google, found a vulnerability in Windows XP’s Help and Support Center, but only gave the company five days to fix the problem before going public with details of how hackers could write malicious code to exploit it.
In my opinion publishing exploit code was utterly irresponsible behaviour, and I was worried that having such information floating around the internet would make it easy for cybercriminals to take advantage.
Predictably enough, malicious hackers are now using the zero-day vulnerability according to a blog post by my colleague Donato Ferrante in SophosLabs, as a…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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