Microsoft to relay security woes to governments

Microsoft will share information about security problems with government agencies as part of its efforts to slow the spread of open source software.

Under the Security Cooperation Program, Microsoft will advise participating government agencies on network security issues in an effort to try to anticipate or mitigate security lapses, said Gerri Elliott, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide public-sector unit.

Governments will get information on existing security flaws and advance notice of upcoming product patches, which also means getting information on vulnerabilities before the general public does.”

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