Microsoft sat on critical flaw for two years

By Iain Thomson on Aug 15, 2009 9:43 AM
Filed under Technology

Patch Tuesday ActiveX flaw reported in 2007.

Microsoft is facing accusations that it sat on critical flaws for more than two years before patching.

The flaws in ActiveX controls for Office were patched in Microsoft's latest security update but according to the security researchers at TippingPoint Technologies, they reported the bugs to Microsoft in March 2007.

The firm was reluctant to criticise Microsoft but said the flaws were reported well in advance and were being used by attackers for weeks before the patches were issued.

Microsoft maintains that creating patches is more difficult than it is for other companies, since it has a massive install base running different configurations of its software.

Each patch must be tested on each system, thus creating a long lead time, but some have questioned why the company took so long on flaws that it described as 'critical'.

With many private security researchers reporting flaws to the company, there is a limit to the amount of time that can be spent solving each one, but it seems Microsoft is being laggardly in fixing problems until attacks are reported in the wild.

 
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