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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 QueBert on 10/2/2006 3:42:25 PM , Rating: 0
exactly! I hate Mcafee and I hate Norton, but I have the idea that MS is making Vista to where companies don't have the ability to write software for it. I hate having a lack of options, and from the sounds of it, I might be stuck using that Microsoft Onecall crap. Regardless of if you love or hate NAV or Mcafee, choice is always better. And I hate to say this, but Vista won't be any more secure, and we'll have less options as to how to protect from viruses and spyware. I don't see how anyone but Billy & co win from this. As I understand it Onecall is not free right?

Lock out the competition, more monies for MS! just what they need *siiiigh*


By exdeath on 10/2/2006 3:44:34 PM , Rating: 1
There is always email, spam and anti-virus software to be written. You just don't have to worry about kernel hooks anymore, so you can focus on other areas of your software.


By stash on 10/2/2006 3:54:37 PM , Rating: 1
OneCare has to follow the same rules that McAfee and Symmantec do. OneCare will not be able to modify the kernel anymore than the third-parties will.


By OrSin on 10/2/2006 4:02:17 PM , Rating: 1
MS is always in a no win sitution. IF thye implement security someone will say they are begin put out of business. They even get sued for having a video player in XP. This is getting little over board. If the product/ feature is free you should be not sued over giving it away. ANd please don't try to use the argue ment that they can always make us pay for it later. That didn't fly with IE 10 years agos its will fly now. I'm writing this on vista PC now and vista offers alot of nice features that double as security enhancements.

One think Microsoft should add to shut up everyone is, for every feature it gives you the option to download someone else free option too. Similar to how they do gadgets now.


By bobdelt on 10/2/2006 6:12:47 PM , Rating: 3
How exactly does Microsoft make more money by not allowing Mcafee full access to their kernal? Um, in order to use Mcafee's software you already had to pay MS anyway...


By PrinceGaz on 10/3/2006 3:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Because in a few years time when McAfee and other third-party security software providers have been driven out of business or had their market share reduced to virtually zero by Microsoft having an unfair advantadge and giving their solution away for free with Vista, then Microsoft will start charging for it and you'll have no one else to choose from.


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