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Windows 7: Microsoft runs fuzzing botnet, finds 1,800 Office bugs.

01 Apr 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Microsoft runs fuzzing botnet, finds 1,800 Office bugs.

Microsoft uncovered more than 1,800 bugs in Office 2010 by tapping into the unused computing horsepower of idling PCs, a company security engineer said today.

Office developers found the bugs by running millions of "fuzzing" tests, said Tom Gallagher, senior security test lead with Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group.

Fuzzing, a practice employed by both software developers and security researchers, searches for flaws by inserting data into file format parsers to see where programs fail by crashing. Because some crash bugs can be further exploited to successfully hack software, allowing an attacker to insert malicious code, fuzzing is of great interest to both legitimate and criminal researchers looking for security vulnerabilities.
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01 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

That better not be their excuse for an April Fool's joke.
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