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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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RE: Poor products require more PR
By QueBert on 10/2/2006 5:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I hate both companies "notorious high costs" is a bit extreme. I almost always seen NAV or Virus Shield almost free after rebate. And I see it in the $20-30 range without the hassle of rebates all the time. The programs both blow chunks, but are are priced within reason for crap :D

Trend is good sized, almost every MB I've bought in the past 3 years has came with a copy of their antivirus. Typically people I deal with run whatever virus software came bundled on their PC. I'd love to see Norton die. Norton Utilities for DOS was bad ass, the company is as bad as MS now. Just without the juice.


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