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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Windows Vista Randomization Gets OEM Thumbs Up

According to this article on eWeek, Microsoft's use of code-scrambling diversity in Windows Vista has just received a major thumbs up from most U.S. OEM partners. The technique randomly arranges the positions of key data areas to block hackers from predicting target addresses.

The Redmond, Wash. software giant has convinced major U.S. computer makers—including Dell, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard—to make default changes at the BIOS level to allow a new Vista security feature called ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) to work properly.

ASLR, which is used to randomly arrange the positions of key data areas to block hackers from predicting target addresses, is meant to make Windows Vista more resilient to virus and worm attacks.

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