Google's Threat Analysis group discloses critical flaw in WindowsBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 1 November 2016 | Categories: news
Earlier in the week, Google posted on its security blog, new vulnerabilities that could threaten its users. More specifically, the company's Threat Analysis division cited a bug in both Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows as the root cause of the problem.
In response, Adobe released a patch on 26 October to address the issue, which has since been used to fix any vulnerability that Chrome users may have experienced, says Google. Microsoft on the other hand, has yet to release a patch, according to the blog post, with Google now forced to release said information to the public as per its own rules and regulations.
As expected, Microsoft is none too pleased with Google's actions, with a spokesperson recently making contact with VentureBeat to discuss the issue. "Today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk. We recommend customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser for the best protection," noted the spokesperson.
At the moment, there is no official confirmation of a forthcoming patch from Microsoft, but the announcement does bring into question an important factor, as The Verge points out. While Google did not explicitly detail how the vulnerability can be exploited, it likely gives hackers and attackers the motivation to do so.
As this is a developing story, events are still playing out at the moment.
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