Project Zero is an effort by the internet search and advertising giant where its own engineers try to detect “zero day” vulnerabilities – some of the worst security vulnerabilities as they are undiscovered security flaws which still have no remedies known – in software. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and its team working on the project used to give 90 days for other companies and organizations involved to rollout a fix to “zero day” vulnerabilities discovered by the project but that has now changed.
In a post attributed to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Chris Evans, Ben Hawkes, Heather Adkins, Matt Moore, Michal Zalewski and Gerhard Eschelbeck, the company revealed that if other companies or organizations disclose to Google that a fix or patch is in the pipeline for a certain vulnerability identified by Project Zero, but won’t be available within the 90-day deadline before information about the flaw is published, companies will get an extra 14 days to issue a patch.
“Public disclosure of an unpatched issue now only occurs if a deadline will be significantly missed (2 weeks+),” the entry posted by Evans notes.
Furthermore, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has also said that if a deadline is due to expire on a weekend or US public holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next normal work day. Nonetheless, the company did note that it reserves the right to bring deadlines “forwards or backwards based on extreme circumstances.”
The technology behemoth stresses that Project Zero is as equally strict with Google products.
“We remain committed to treating all vendors strictly equally. Google expects to be held to the same standard; in fact, Project Zero has bugs in the pipeline for Google products (Chrome and Android) and these are subject to the same deadline policy,” the company wrote.
Rival Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) recently criticized Google for disclosing information about a “zero day” in Windows 8.1 two days before a patch for the security vulnerability was scheduled to be released.
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