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Scope Of FREAK Flaw Widens As Microsoft Says Windows Affected Too
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3/9/2015 | 4:10:38 PM
Why did it take so long to recognize?
I'm a little puzzled...  When I first read about FREAK last week, I immediately visited the freakattack.com test site to see whether my device was vulnerable (of course, it was.)  The very next thing I did was to visit the same site from my Windows laptop, using Chrome, Firefox and IE - and in each case it reported that I was vulnerable. 

It doesn't require a code review to predict the vulnerability; it merely requires a test, and since someone else already did the work to build that test... why did it take Microsoft this long to figure this out?  Or was it merely that it took this long for the bureaucratic wheels to grind out a press release? 


Obviously this is just a matter of days, against the backdrop of this being a decade-old vulnerability... but once the announcement is out there, seconds count - and it seems that Microsoft was asleep at the switch.


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