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Despite its Own Flaws, Google Publishes Another Microsoft Security Exploit

by Todd Haselton | January 14, 2015January 14, 2015 3:00 pm PDT

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Google, which just recently published a security exploit mere days before Microsoft rolled out a patch, is again putting Microsoft’s Windows in the spotlight. The firm, yet again, published another security hole after giving Microsoft 90 days to fix it. This time, the flaw existed in Windows 8, according to Graham Cluley.

It might seem that the intentions are good: that Google wants Microsoft to fix holes so that consumers are better off. Except, at least in our eyes, there are probably more secure ways to do this while maintaining a relationship with Microsoft, which has already publicly chastised Google for the public shaming. Instead, Google’s publishing the flaws for all to see and holding Microsoft accountable for fixing them as soon as possible — even when a fix is already on the way.

The move is seemingly hypocritical, however, because The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that Google, too, has skeletons in its closet. The firm’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, still installed on about 50 percent of all Android devices, has an exploit that Google will reportedly not fix with its own resources.

Apparently the latest fix might have been fixed in a patch released by Microsoft on Tuesday, which also addressed the original bug published by Google. Still no word on that Android fix, though.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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