Windows Leak: Security Problems of Open Source, Without the Benefits

Posted by dave on Feb 16, 2004 3:59 AM EDT
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If the source code leak exposes new security weaknesses, it could again test the relations between Microsoft and the security research community. In recent years Microsoft has gained improved cooperation in keeping security holes under wraps until a patch is available. If security professionals believe Microsoft is unwilling or unable to respond promptly to reported vulnerabilities, they're more likely to publish information about exploits; a scenario played out in December when an spoofing bug in Internet Explorer was published. It took Microsoft six weeks to publish a fix, leaving IE users more susceptible to bank card Phishing scams in the interim.

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