Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Jun 2013 18:43 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Google is changing its disclosure policy for zero-day exploits - both in their own software as in that of others - from 60 days do 7 days. "Seven days is an aggressive timeline and may be too short for some vendors to update their products, but it should be enough time to publish advice about possible mitigations, such as temporarily disabling a service, restricting access, or contacting the vendor for more information. As a result, after 7 days have elapsed without a patch or advisory, we will support researchers making details available so that users can take steps to protect themselves. By holding ourselves to the same standard, we hope to improve both the state of web security and the coordination of vulnerability management." I support this 100%. It will force notoriously slow-responding companies - let's not mention any names - to be quicker about helping their customers. Google often uncovers vulnerabilities in other people's software (e.g. half of patches fixed on some Microsoft 'patch Tuesdays' are uncovered by Google), so this could have a big impact.
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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by lucas_maximus on Mon 3rd Jun 2013 10:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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Sometimes there is no quick fix or it isn't easily identifiable.

Everyone assumes this fantasy scenario where things can be fixed instantly by a bit of heroic coding.

In corporations you don't just throw a patch in and hope it sticks. These longer processes are in place for a reason ... most of them legal.

Edited 2013-06-03 10:40 UTC

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