NSA says to report software vulnerabilities in most cases manufacturers

Nov

8

2015

The NSA says the vulnerabilities discovered in software in 90 percent of cases, passes on to its makers. This government wants to defend the organization against accusations that the software vulnerabilities hides for espionage.

NSA company logo It does moreover, is “serious vulnerabilities” in software, according to Reuters, based on statements by the NSA and US officials. Thus, although in most cases be passed to software makers such faults does not mean that they are not only used for spying. It is possible that the NSA itself first used the found bugs before the discovery will be reported to the manufacturers.

With the statement that the software vulnerabilities reported to manufacturers the NSA wants to defend himself against accusations that the bugs exploited to gather information. Such practices are responsible for a software which remains vulnerable to hacking attacks, say the critics. Incidentally, it gives the security service so that it does not report any vulnerabilities found.

Last year, the US President Obama to know that the NSA no longer all found vulnerabilities can keep a secret. In most cases, bugs are to be revealed, but there is an exception for “homeland security and law enforcement.” This requirement of Obama’s NSA seems to meet in their own words.

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