The competition between Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) might had just become more interesting as things take a new turn.
Microsoft already fixed a Windows security flaw, which had enabled hackers to exploit the system, through Patch Tuesday. Google was the first to reveal the security flaw on Monday.
Google and Microsoft on Security Flaw
Google revealed to the public that hackers had taken advantage of the Windows security flaw, which Microsoft later confirmed. Usually, security flaws are not exposed to the public until patches are out and ready. Accordingly, Strontium, a group of Russian hackers, has designed the hack to attack any organization or individual.
Google and Microsoft are now arguing, with the latter claiming that the former’s initial disclosure had placed Windows users at risk. Nonetheless, Microsoft has guaranteed that Windows 10 users with the latest Anniversary Update were not exposed to the said security flaw. Also,
Microsoft has acknowledged the search engine giant for discovering the vulnerability.
Patch Tuesday is the monthly release of patches that address Microsoft’s system issues and vulnerabilities.
The security flaw discovered by Google enables hackers to successfully trick users to open and run specific, risky applications. Should a user fall for it, a hacker can access the system and take full control of it.
Aside from this, Microsoft has also issued patches for six flaws and eight updates, especially for the Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.
“To address these types of sophisticated attacks, Microsoft recommends that all customers upgrade to Windows 10, the most secure operating system we’ve ever built, complete with advanced protection for consumers and enterprises at every layer of the security stack,” recommended Microsoft.
The immediate release of a fix for the vulnerability has not just patched up the security flaw but it has also helped Google and Microsoft put the issue behind.
On Wednesday Alphabet closed at $805.59 while Microsoft at $60.17.