Microsoft filed a public complain against Google. The largest software developer alleges that Google has intentionally published the security flaw of Windows 8.1 system when the company was Microsoft was all set to release a fix.
Microsoft intends to roll out the fix on 14th of Jan. However, Google unveiled the issue on 11 of Jan two days before the fix released.
Earlier, A Washington based company asked Google not to release details regarding the flaw until the fix was ready.
On the other hand, Google states that it followed the regulation of its security research project known as “Project Zero”. The main objective of the team is to protect the world’s web users from malicious spies and hackers. Hence, the group scans all kinds for bugs and informs developers privately. Afterwards, the company gives a time period of 90 days to the developers to release the fix.
Google dealt with Microsoft in the same way. The company informed Microsoft about the bug on the 13th of October 2014. After Microsoft reached the deadline of 90 days, Google publicly revealed the bug.
Google believes that security flaws in software should be disclosed before the fix. The prior revelation increase the pressure on particular company otherwise, companies take a lot of time to handle the issue. Hence, the move will compel firms to work faster on the bugs.
Obviously, Microsoft does not consider Google’s reasons as valid. The American multinational corporation called it “less like principles and more like gotcha”.