Google Inc (GOOGL) Bug Hunting Team Is Causing Embarrassment To Microsoft And Apple
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is continuing to investigate potential security flaws across major tech companies’ software products. The search engine giant allows a 90-day grace period to fix such vulnerabilities, following which it threatens to publicly disclose such information if they are not patched. However, Bloomberg reports that software companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been taking Google’s public disclosure warnings lightly.
Talking on Google’s 90-day policy, John Dickson, a principal with a software security firm, expressed his anguish, asking who made Google the referee of the marketplace for vulnerability notification.
In the most recent instance this year, Microsoft was actively working on a patch for a bug in its Windows 8.1 operating system. However, the company has a policy of releasing patches every Tuesday and hence it asked Google to hold until the coming Tuesday. However, Google refused to bend on its 90-day policy.
In response, Chris Betz, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s security research group director, wrote in a blog post that the Google decision was more like a “gotcha,” which could ultimately make customers suffer.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Project Zero has also identified vulnerabilities in products from other software makers, including 39 issues in Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) and 43 in Apple’s software.
The Project Zero team comprises expert security researchers. The project, running since July 2014, gained more highlights as Google went on to reveal a couple of high-profile security bugs. While the project is devoted to safeguarding the best security practices in the industry, Google’s public revelations after the 90-day deadline could easily frustrate the competitors.
Still, Project Zero has its supporters. By refusing to bend on deadlines, Google wants its competitors to work seriously on the bugs within a stipulated time period.
Tom Group, Rook Security Inc. manager, told Bloomberg that Google’s strict policy and pushing for better security is good for the industry.
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