Google’s Project Zero Discovers Staying Up To Date On Software Patches Is Critical. The Google’s Project Zero security team has an impressive track record in chasing down and addressing the most critical security flaws found.
They’re tireless in their work, which has saved untold billions of dollars and hampered hackers’ efforts all over the world.
Google’s Project Zero Discovers some rather shocking statistics, however, including this eye-opener:
Based on their research, fully one-fourth of the Zero-day discovery of exploits in use in the wild could have been avoidable entirely if vendors and IT admins had properly patched their products.
Over the course of 2020, the team detected a total of 24 zero-day exploits. Six of these were variations on a theme; vulnerabilities disclosed in prior years, where hackers had access to older bug reports and had plenty of time to study older issues, make a few simple tweaks, and wind up with a brand new zero-day exploit.
For instance, CVE-2020-0674, which is a Zero-Day Internet Explorer flaw, is a variant that combines elements of CVE-2018-8653, CVE-2019-1367, and CVE-20191429.
In a similar vein, the devastating Google Chrome flaw tracking as CVE-2020-6572 is a variant that combines elements of CVE-2019-5870 and CVE-2019-13695. The Apple Safari zero-day issue tracks as CVE-2020-27930 are virtually identical to those discovered in 2015 and track CVE-2015-0093.
On the one hand, this news is rather depressing as it seems that many in the IT security profession seem to be making things harder on themselves than they need to be. On the other hand, as Maddie Stone‘s observation, a member of the Project Zero team, these kinds of insights are the exact reason for the team’s formation, to begin with.
By studiously identifying and shutting down the most glaring and serious flaws and gathering statistics and data on them, the hope is to make them increasingly harder for hackers worldwide to take advantage of in years to come. So far, that approach seems to be working. Kudos to Google and the Zero Day team.