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Vendors claim that being denied access to the core of Vista seriously hampers their ability to protect users

McAfee Inc. has thrown down the gauntlet in its dispute with Microsoft's decision to lock down the core of their Vista operating system. The security software vendor has a full-page ad in today's Financial Times which berates Microsoft.

McAfee argues that Microsoft is making its upcoming Windows Vista operating system far more difficult to protect by locking non-Microsoft processes out of the kernel. Symantec had a similar beef with this move by Microsoft which was reported on recently by Windows IT Pro:

Symantec has also complained about a new security feature called Kernel PatchGuard that prevents software--malicious or otherwise--from altering the Windows kernel at runtime. In the past, security companies have been forced to patch the Windows kernel because so much malicious software does so as well. That process will not be possible in Windows Vista, which should make the system more secure. Symantec wants it removed.

Microsoft claims that this will keep Vista more secure by allowing only certified programs to access vital components of Windows, but McAfee openly mocks this in its advertisement by challenging:

"Microsoft is being completely unrealistic if, by locking security companies out of the kernel, it thinks hackers won't crack Vista's kernel. In fact, they already have."

A Microsoft representative dismissed this accusation, citing a close relationship with security partners during the development of Windows Vista. On the other side of the coin, vendor Trend Micro currently has a beta release of their anti-virus software available for Vista, which may have prompted other companies to suspect preferential treatment.

A scan of the article was unavailable at the time of this posting.

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By exdeath on 10/2/2006 3:42:03 PM , Rating: 5
Unfair practices?

Should we require auto makers by law to use crappy materials in ther gas tanks so patch companies have a basis to exist?

*rolls eyes*

Lots of things to bust MS for but this isn't one of them.

If you want to choose a crappy OS, go back to 98. McAfee and Symantec will appreciate your business.

By S3anister on 10/2/2006 7:37:21 PM , Rating: 1
lol best saying ever, and yeah i would just LOVE to have my gas tank blow on me lol.

*eyes also roll*

By Hare on 10/3/2006 4:09:01 AM , Rating: 1
Let's just hope that MS won't start charging people for their defender service or offer other commercial solutions. That would be unfair to Symantec etc. With the current situation I'm not sure if MS has done anything wrong.

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