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New Year, New Microsoft Flaws

Happy New Year to all from sunny Southern California, where your editor watched his TCU Horned Frogs win the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. There's no segue following that -- we just wanted to mention it. This might not be the last time, either. 

Anyway, with 2011 comes a new year as well as a new version of old news: Microsoft has security flaws. One of them is a bug in image rendering that affects older versions of Windows. The other is one of those sneaky things that Google revealed before Microsoft could patch it.

Yeah, those are a little dodgy, and we're not sure what good Google hopes to spread by ratting out Microsoft other than gaining some sort of competitive advantage of perception for itself. Microsoft says that Google is acting irresponsibly doing this sort of thing and is opening Internet Explorer (which is the target in this case) to attacks that wouldn't happen if people didn't know the flaw existed.

We can't help at this point but side with Microsoft on this issue, although obviously the best-case scenario would be for Microsoft to avoid these flaws in the first place. The real point here, though, is that TCU won the Rose Bowl. Let's not lose sight of that.

Is Google acting irresponsibly by disclosing un-patched Microsoft flaws? Send your thoughts to

Posted by Lee Pender on 01/05/2011 at 1:23 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Jan 10, 2011 Tim D.

Yes, I totally agree that in this case Google is at fault and sneaky. Analogy, go to the door of my neighbor's house, finding it unlocked and instead of letting my neighbor know, start shouting in the street and let every one know "hey my neighbor's house is unlocked."

Fri, Jan 7, 2011 Hummer

If the product is defective - Remove it from the public. Don't beatup the whistle blower.

Thu, Jan 6, 2011

Having given Microsoft MORE than adequate notice (nearly six months), I think it was perfectly fair to release the information.

Thu, Jan 6, 2011 Phil Bossardet

When Google informs the public instead of Microsoft, yes. That's like crying "Fire!" in your competitor's restaurant instead ot telling the waiter the sterno s flaming a little too high.

Wed, Jan 5, 2011

Google is absolutely irresponsible in this case. Their actions fit my image of their company.

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 80's Rocker

Anyone who finds a security risk in any software and makes it public instead of letting the software maker know about it is irresponsible. In addition, they should should be held responsible for any "hacks" created after it was made public, since they told everyone about it. Google is very unethical in how it runs it business, and the will do anything they can to hurt the competition.

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