Puzzle of the Day
You discover a security flaw in the operating system on your company's
computer. The flaw enables any user to read any other user's files,
regardless of their protection. You have several choices: you can keep
quiet and hope no-one else discovers the flaw, or tell the company, or
tell the system vendor, or announce it on the Internet.
Suppose an exploitation of the vulnerability could be prevented by
proper system configuration. Which of the above courses of action would
you take, and why?
If an exploitation of the vulnerability could be detected (but not
prevented) by system administrators, how would this change your answer
to question 1?
Now suppose no exploitation of the vulnerability can be detected or
prevented. Would this change your answer, and if so, how?
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