Why Should Microsoft Need eBay's Help In Fixing An Excel Problem?

from the just-wondering... dept

Apparently someone who worked out a security flaw in Microsoft Excel sent the company the details of the flaw, and then turned around and offered up the details on eBay. eBay shut down the auction, pointing out that they have a "policy against encouraging illegal activity." Of course, it's not clear that knowing the details of a software flaw is "illegal activity," but that's besides the point. What is odd, though, is that the press report claims: "Microsoft is aware of the reported flaw and has been working with eBay on the matter, a company representative said in a statement." Working with eBay? What work could Microsoft possibly have to do with eBay? Shouldn't the work be focused on fixing the flaw in their own software, rather than (as the quote suggests) trying to track down the guy who is trying to expose it?
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    Stephen Tillman, 9 Dec 2005 @ 1:01pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    (sarcasm) You mean the media is misapplying the focus of a story in regards to technology?!? ::gasp:: (/sarcasm)
    Sounds to me like it's just a poor choice of words. Kinda like ending your sentence with a preposition. I hate grammer, so...

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