BYU Tie to Discovery of Google Flaw


One of the students at Rice University who discovered the security hole in Google's desktop search tool was a recent graduate from BYU's M.S. program, Seth Nielson, who's now pursuing his Ph.D. at Rice with Dan Wallach (of eVoting fame). Apparently, the flaw was found as part of a class project at Rice. Google was immediately notified and given a chance to fix the flaw before the problem was made know publicly. Reportedly Seth has been offered an internship at Google this summer. :-) Here's a technical report (PDF) that gives the details.