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Friday, November 10, 2006

Windows Vista: No Antivirus Required?

Windows VistaAt least that's what Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Co-President, seems to think. He's so confident in Vista's security features that he's even letting his seven year old son use the OS without any protection at all.

Allchin's statement came in response to a question about his relative level of confidence that Vista would be more secure than Windows XP SP2. In response, he noted there were key security features added to Vista which could not be added to Windows XP SP2 even though, he said, his people apparently tried to do so.

Two such features — namely Vista's new parental controls, and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), which renders the object code of the system kernel in memory differently each time to thwart the designs of malicious code — render his son's Vista machine comfortable enough for him to use, even though production-quality anti-virus software for the unit has yet to be completed.

I only have one thing to say about this: I'll believe it when I see it.

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