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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Microsoft Cripples Vista's Security to Please Rivals

vistaRemember how Symantec and McAfee kept saying that Vista's security features were going to hurt security vendors by locking them out of Vista's kernel? Well, it seems that their talk was successfull because Microsoft just announced that they would allow third-party software to access security-specific functions within Vista's kernel.

The agreement to allow other companies to use kernel security functions comes after some third parties have criticized Microsoft for its hard line on kernel patch protection, also known as Patchguard, which will ship with the Vista operating system. The software technology, which will only be included on systems with 64-bit processors, aims to prevent anyone--either malicious attackers or well-meaning security firms--from changing how the core of the Vista operating system processes data.

Sadly, as time passes, Microsoft continues to strip security features within their new OS. Vista was actually supposed to be extremely secure when it was first announced. Now, why do I have the feeling that it won't be better then XP?

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  • The problem I saw with locking virus scans out is that I don't trust MS to get security right. They're blocking things can steal your password (k, that's good), but they don't include their own virus scan, and it doesn't protect against trojan horses. Okay, yes, you had to authorise all installations, if you're authorising a trojan horse to get that free screen saver, it's no more secure than Window 9x. Only a virus scan will catch it afterwards and stop it. If MS was going to have their own virus scan in there, it would've worked fine, but I won't be trusting MS without a virus scan until *nix rules computing and nobody bothers with Windows viruses (like the don't bother for Mac and Linux now).

    By Blogger Mackenzie, at 11:45 AM  

  • Yes, Microsoft does include their own virus scan. It's called Windows OneCare. Although I'm sure they will be prevented from bundling it with the OS by lawsuits.

    By Anonymous David Conrad, at 1:30 PM  

  • No, microsoft will not bundle livecare with their OS.. they would have all AV vendors jumping on them if they would..

    By opening up access to certain function of the kernel to 3rd party vendors, they'll also be opening them to malware coders, turning patchguard into a useless feature. Anyone here can refute this?

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 3:05 PM  

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