When "full disclosure" equals collusion, users are in danger

Monday, 2 October 2006, 2:15 AM EST

Gone are the days when "full disclosure" meant the immediate public release of information about vulnerabilities or exploits uncovered by security researchers. Whatever it means today is the result of a collaboration - some might call it collusion - between the researcher or firm finding the flaw and the vendor or project responsible for the code. Recent patches from Apple illustrate the dangers of this practice when proprietary software is involved.

At NewsForge.

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