Microsoft legalizes beta testing of patches

    Microsoft has announced the Defensive Information Sharing Program (DISP), which provides for cooperation with government services in various countries in the field of computer security. As part of the program, Microsoft will provide secret technical information about patches that are still unpatched.

    This project was formerly codenamed Omega.

    At the same time, Microsoft emphasizes that information will be transmitted to governments only after their own specialists complete the cycle of “investigation and correction” of the vulnerability, but before the release of the patch. That is, it is not a fact that the information will really be “the most relevant”, as Microsoft claims.

    Microsoft is known to have previously discussed the development of patches in secret mode with some highly trusted companies in the field of computer security. They also received beta versions of patches prior to their official release, so Microsoft could make corrections at the last minute if the patch was not working properly . That is, now it seems that Microsoft in a sense is legalizing this system, which has been operating since at least 2005.

    The list of countries for which DISP pilot programs have been put in place is not given. It is only reported that they must be members of the Government Security Program (GSP) and Security Cooperation Program (SCP). Perhaps, the Russian special services will now receive operational reports from Microsoft about open vulnerabilities.

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