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Google Engineers Found More Than Half of Microsoft's Bugs

Google engineers are responsible for discovering more than half of the bugs addressed in Microsoft's latest update.

Engineers Mateus "j00ru" Jurczyk and Gynvael Coldwind have claimed to have found 32 of the 57 bugs. According to "The Verge," Microsoft often gives credit to engineers from the search engine giant for finding flaws, but this month's update saw a considerably higher number of bugs being found.

In response to the revelation, a Google representative referred to a list of security flaws discovered by Google engineers in non-Google products, as well as stating, "Keeping Internet users safe is about more than just making sure our own products are secure. We frequently report flaws we discover while testing our products and services on various platforms. Reporting bugs to software vendors in a responsible manner is part of a healthy security community."

Microsoft had recently said that it would launch 12 security fixes to remove a large number of bugs on Windows 8 and Windows RT. The number of bugs came close to the software titan's all-time record of 64 bugs in one month.

Both technology firms have had some history regarding showcasing each others' flaws. During 2010, a Google engineer uncovered a serious Windows vulnerability, but gave Microsoft five days before publishing the full attack code. The latter retaliated by depicting flaws it found in Google's software.

Although Google denied the claim, Microsoft said during July 2012 that it found a botnet spreading spam and malware via Google's Android operating system. Either way, Android is known to be a growing target for hackers to spread malware.


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