Hot or not: Third-party patches

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Hot or not: Third-party patches

Last month's race between a group of security researchers who promised to disclose, every day, a newfound vulnerability in the Apple OS X platform, and an opposing group, led by a former Apple employee, to independently plug those security flaws, has sparked new debate around the validity of third-party security patches.

This isn’t the first time, and certainly won’t be the last, that third-party patches are made available. In fact, in response to a growing number of zero-day vulnerabilities last year, a number of third-party patches were published, including the Microsoft Windows Meta File (WMF) and ...

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