Sophos Labs have discovered something that Microsoft should be aware of and act upon. Sophos accounted the discovery and detection of a specific malware that is capable of downloading and executing a suspicious application and component which makes the system more vulnerable to malwares of all sorts.
Tavis Ormandy, a Google engineer, but into alert the Microsoft with this issue by publishing a blog providing the details on the malware and making use of the Windows XP. He also recounted the vulnerability of Windows XP and how it can be exploited by many different browsers. Not only that, the users will be exploited as much as the XP with the private information encrypted in the PC. He published the said blog after being able to alert Microsoft on what the problem is in connection to malware. The publication gave Microsoft a wake up call to act on its feet and do something.
The said vulnerability of Windows XP was exposed by Ormandy by saying that it could allow remote code execution given that the user will be using a special kind of Web Browser. Moreover, users could also click specially made links in the email message which might trigger the said malware. This malware was shortly detected to be the Trojan/ Drop- FS.
Manu critics have been reading his blog over and over again, simply to learn more about the said malware and the alleged vulnerability of Windows XP. Some people agree with his input while others are only criticizing the credibility and the intention of Ormandy himself. And though people are justifying the fact that Ormandy has broken rules on security and privacy, the man himself believed that he did the right thing to inform the public on this specific malware because if not, Microsoft might simply ignore this issue.