It’s never good news when two tech giants are mad at each other, but that’s the case right now with Google and Microsoft. Google says it gave Microsoft and Adobe a heads up about an active zero-day exploit in Windows ten days ago, and says Redmond essentially did nothing. So Google went ahead and made the vulnerability public on Monday, and of course, Microsoft was none too happy about that.
“Today’s disclosure by Google could put customers at potential risk,” Microsoft shot back, even though Google apparently cut them three days of slack since they usually only give vendors a week to patch up security issues – or at least notify users of the problem. Security experts are sort of siding with Microsoft on this one, saying they likely need more than a week or 10 days to come up with a fix in something as complex as Windows.
But they also give Google credit for sounding the alarm since they say the exploit was already being exploited by hackers. Google says using the Chrome browser in Windows is safe because they built in a block to the exploit. But Edge or Explorer? Looks like you might be taking a chance at getting hacked, at least for now.
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