The world of Tech does not always breathe calm and harmony, and this is verified once again in recent days with a quarrel between Google and Microsoft, or the reverse we do not know too much.
The bone of contention between the two companies is none other than a flaw that has been discovered by Google within the Windows 10 system. The flaw in question is already “actively exploited” on the net and it is for this reason that the Mountain View firm informed that of Redmond 10 days ago. Only problem, in the absence of a return, Google followed its protocol in the matter and publicly revealed the existence of this flaw, which clearly did not please Microsoft.
Google therefore stuck to its security policy. A policy called into question by Microsoft which sees it as a way to “make a difference” by revealing the weaknesses of its competitors. Weakness which is in this case taken with a certain distance by the company of Staya Nadella who considers that the flaw highlighted by Google is not as serious as the company wants to say it.
Minor or major flaw?
This is where the message diverges between the two companies. At Google, the flaw (related to a local elevation of privileges) is qualified as “critical” and “particularly serious”, while for Microsoft it turns out to be of lesser importance, because already partially corrected by the recent deployment an update to Adobe Flash, which would be able to thwart any attack scenario.
The Redmond firm also stresses that this flaw is not exploitable on the latest version of Windows 10 (security improvements having been implemented on the Anniversary Update), and that a patch will be deployed in November to counter to any breach in security.
However – and Microsoft's own admission – this flaw put forward by Google was exploited by a group of hackers responding to the name of “Strontium”, but also to those of “Fancy Bear” and “APT 28”, the latter being associated with large-scale hacks, and in particular that of the Democratic National Committee, the organization leading the American Democratic Party.