Microsoft gives app developers 180 days to fix bugs

This month’s Patch Tuesday has been a prolific one, and patches for a total of 34 vulnerabilities – six of which critical – have been made available for users. Among them is also a patch for the Windows zero-day recently unearthed by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, which has apparently been spotted being exploited in the wild.

But the Redmond giant has also announced a change to the Security Policy for its Store Apps, in order to make the apps available on Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, Office Store, and Azure Marketplace safer for users. The policy, which is effective immediately, requires developers to fix security vulnerabilities in their apps and enables Microsoft to remove an app from sale if the developer does not provide an effective fix. The requirement applies to all apps available in the online stores, including Microsoft apps.