RealTime IT News

Google, Microsoft in Zero-Day Exploit Controversy

Microsoft has tried mightily to migrate customers onto newer operating systems (first Vista and now Windows 7) and away from the venerable Windows XP. But while Windows 7 has gained significant adoption in consumer and enterprise circles, XP, security issues and all, continues to be used by millions of customers.

eSecurityPlanet reports on a recent security issue related to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and SP3 and how Microsoft rival Google is involved.


The disclosure last week of a security hack that enables exploitation of a vulnerability in Windows XP has now led to active attacks "in the wild," or on the wider Internet, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) originally issued a Security Advisory regarding the disclosure last Thursday. In a follow up statement this week, the company's security mavens made it clear they're somewhat peeved about the disclosure, which included demo code, without any advance warning to Microsoft.

Read the full article at eSecurityPlanet:
Windows XP Zero-Day Exploit Spawns Attacks