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> Perhaps the pressure could have been applied privately. Like researcher gaining access to achieved milestones. As long as Microsoft's progress would have been reasonable, no release.

Perhaps you should read the thread describing the communication with Microsoft. It sounds to me like the issue was not just the complexity of the bug, but a failure of organization/communication on Microsoft's part.

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=18...




Yeah, that doesn't look good for Microsoft. I thought they've already learned their lesson, but maybe they need to have a periodic embarrassment for that.




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