Irresponsible Bug Disclosure
Opinion: Michal Zalewski thinks what he did was civil disobedience. But that's where you put yourself in danger, not everyone else.Its a free country. Youre allowed to say all kinds of distasteful and offensive things, especially when youre telling the truth. And youre allowed to disclose security vulnerabilities in IT products. But theres still a right way and a wrong way to do it. Michal Zalewski has problems with Microsoft. He thinks Microsoft doesnt cooperate with the security research community, that in fact it abuses that community, that it disserves its customers and doesnt take security seriously. For all this, when he discovered a bug in Internet Explorer that caused it to crash, he decided not to disclose it to Microsoft through the normal channels (email@example.com) but instead to disclose it publicly on the popular Full-Disclosure mailing list.
Its important to note at this point that, for all the use of terms like "highly critical," theres still no actual claims by anyone that they have been able to exploit the crash in order to execute attack code. Zalewski is very clear about this himself, and much more reasonable in his evaluation of the severity of the vulnerability than some outside agencies like Secunia.