Symantec Speaks Out Against PatchGuard
PatchGuard is Microsoft's new Anti-kernel Hacking package that they added to Vista's 64bit Operating System. It was introduced in XP 64-bit, but never really made it to wide-spread fame.
"PatchGuard will make it harder for third parties, particularly host intrusion prevention software, to function in Vista," said Yankee Group analyst Andrew Jaquith. "Third parties have two choices: continue to petition Microsoft to create an approved kernel-hooking interface so products like theirs can work, or use 'black hat' techniques to bypass the restrictions."
The whole idea behind this is to make a very secure operating system which is harder to hack, harder to write viruses for, harder to .... Well, you get the picture. It just seems to me that everyone out there screams at Microsoft because they develop operating systems full of holes, and now that they've pushed forward with an OS that closes out all those holes, everyone in the business starts to complain. Sometimes, in tech, we get such a double-standard.
I'm curious to hear the opinions of our esteemed readership on this.
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