Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Jun 2013 17:32 UTC
Microsoft From Bloomberg: "Microsoft, the world's largest software company, provides intelligence agencies with information about bugs in its popular software before it publicly releases a fix, according to two people familiar with the process. That information can be used to protect government computers and to access the computers of terrorists or military foes." The lid has officially been blown off.
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RE: Did this really suprise anyone
by bentoo on Fri 14th Jun 2013 18:38 UTC in reply to "Did this really suprise anyone"
bentoo
Member since:
2012-09-21

Not surprised and also don't see the problem with it.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

also don't see the problem with it.


You don't see the problem with deliberately delaying fixing security issues with a very widely-used OS?

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

And even ignoring that little security fact, it also raises the question: "If the company is willing to go that far to appease the government, then what else might they be doing for them?"

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Instead of focusing only on Microsoft I would like to know what the other commercial OS vendors do.

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subsider34 Member since:
2010-11-08

You don't see the problem with deliberately delaying fixing security issues with a very widely-used OS?

Are they actaully delaying fixing the security issues, or are they just informing intelligence agencies of the exploits while they work to fix them?

If it is the former, shame on them, if the latter...well I suppose it would motivate the more privacy conscientious Microsoft employees to work hard to fix the problem faster.

EDIT: I would like to clarify that I frown on both behaviors. I just think that delaying fixing security exploits is the worse of the two options.

Edited 2013-06-14 20:52 UTC

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bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

"also don't see the problem with it.


You don't see the problem with deliberately delaying fixing security issues with a very widely-used OS?
"

How does advanced notification equate to delaying fixing?

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"also don't see the problem with it.


You don't see the problem with deliberately delaying fixing security issues with a very widely-used OS?
"

And where does the article say anything about Microsoft delaying the public release of security fixes? Hint: it doesn't, you're just conflating "early alert" with deliberate delays in providing security fixes.

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