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Bug hunters, software firms in uneasy alliance

Ferris, an independent security researcher in Mission Viejo, Calif., found what he calls a serious vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser. He reported it to the software giant on Aug. 14 via the “secure@microsoft.com” e-mail address and has since exchanged several e-mail messages with a Microsoft researcher. Up to that point, Ferris did everything according to Microsoft’s “responsible disclosure” guidelines, which call for bug hunters to delay the announcement of security holes until some time after the company has provided a fix. That way, people who use flawed products are protected from attack, the argument goes.Full Story

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