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French security researcher firm Vupen claim to have already developed a reliable windows 8 exploit, just days after the launch of latest edition of Microsoft's flagship operating system. The sometimes controversial firm, which sells the exploits it develops to Western government agencies and deliberately avoids sharing …

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  1. Mikel
    Windows

    This

    Is my surprised face:

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This

      No doubt that the French response will be to introduce a 75% fail tax on this product.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Odious To$$er

    Nuff said.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Security Firm"?

    Are they a legitimate security firm? There's something crooked about finding exploits and then selling the details off to third parties rather than providing them to the software developer.

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Security Firm"?

        "Not as odious as MS making money from an intrinsically insecure operating system"

        Now, now - you'll have RICHTO explaining that W8 is the most secure operating system in this quadrant of the galaxy.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Security Firm"?

      I provided bugs to Microsoft, I sent them a Windows disc and said it was chocked full of them.

      The problem that MS has, there are too many variants of Windows with different feature sets. Dump 32-bit, make one 64-bit version and call it a day. You don't need a "home", a "business" or an "ultimate" version either. Make one and call it a day. Development is less, QA, patching, etc is all all less resource intensive. Also they need to quit re-coding everything between major releases. Look at UNIX, BSD, Linus, etc. they don't re-do every package for every major release. If it is not broken, don't fix it. Microsoft tries to fix what they haven't broken.... yet.

      1. Petrossa
        FAIL

        Re: "Security Firm"?

        The big problem is that MS lost track of their OS a while ago. Through the process you described there is no person in the whole wide world who can untangle it. So they are stuck with that mess and have no option but to just shoulder on. It'll get worse as they go along and try to take out aero and win32. That will give them a bucket full of regress bugs us endusers can beta test for them. After you paid the full price for the OS ofcourse.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    definitely odious

    the subtle thing would be to turn up at a government office, demonstrate the trick and say "how can I be of assistance?"

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Having your cake and eating it too is easy whenever one knows how everything works

      the subtle thing would be to turn up at a government office, demonstrate the trick and say "how can I be of assistance?" .... Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 1st November 2012 18:07 GMT

      Or.... do something simiilar to what dodgy, intellectually bankrupt governments do whenever they have to buy their own toxic gilts with magic QE funds because foreign markets don't want anything to do with failed policies .... set up a plausibly deniable clandestine and covert network with MIcrosoft to attack its own vulnerabilities, and make fortunes for the company in the process, to provide future security facilities to ensure vulnerabilities are not found and exploited remotely by rogue independent and rennaissant renegade parties

    2. I think so I am?
      Facepalm

      Re: definitely odious

      And what government office has migrated to Windows 8? Most are still on XP

  5. AlbertH
    Mushroom

    Trivial

    Windows 8 is based on the same failed technologies as all the previous versions. Once again, they've just polished the same old turd - more shiny nonsense on top of the old brokenware.

    What do they expect?

    Of course it's already compromised!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Trivial

      Failed?

      Really?

      Most installed desktop/server OS in the world?

      I know I should feed the trolls, but really...

  6. .thalamus
    FAIL

    Corporate Hating

    Yes, Register.

    We can tell you hate Windows 8 with a passion because you use *any* bullshit story possible to have a go at it...

    It's getting old though, very quickly. Get over it.

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    1. .thalamus
      WTF?

      Re: two internet explorers = double the security holes

      Blah blah blah. More moronic uninformed commenttard crap.

      One IE.

      2 different frontends perhaps, but it's still the same underneath and the metro version runs in enhanced protected mode which makes it even more secure.

      Nice try though.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        FAIL

        Re: two internet explorers = double the security holes

        Two IE frontends each one with its own set of bookmarks no less.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: two internet explorers = double the security holes

      Fail, Only one IE backend but to gui's /facepalm

  8. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    Exclusive!

    I, too, have developed a 0-day exploit against Windows 8 (and Server 2012).

    I, too, will not be offering details to anyone who tries to verify my claim.

  9. 404

    Obvious Post

    "And this is why I use Firefox...."

    ;)

  10. Citizen White

    "We welcome #Windows 8 with various 0Ds combined to pwn all new Win8/IE10 exploit mitigations,”

    Professional security researchers do not speak like this. This so called security firm are obviously a bunch of children attempting to pose as adults.

    1. graeme leggett

      Re: "We welcome #Windows 8 with various 0Ds combined to pwn all new Win8/IE10 exploit mitigations,”

      or a bunch of adults acting like children...

    2. Ken Hagan Gold badge

      Re: "We welcome #Windows 8 with various 0Ds combined to pwn all new Win8/IE10 exploit mitigations,”

      Since the professional security researchers are French, it is entirely possible that they outsourced the task of tweeting to someone who knows more about twatspeak than English.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "We welcome #Windows 8 with various 0Ds combined to pwn all new Win8/IE10 exploit mitigations,”

        I thought English was twatspeak? wtf?

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