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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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Let me get this straight...
By JWalk on 10/2/2006 5:13:12 PM , Rating: 5
Ok. This has finally gotten truly ridiculous.

Everytime I hear about a new feature in Windows Vista, I hear some company crying because Microsoft is (or isn't) including a piece of software. Now the anti-virus companies are whining because MS has locked the kernel? Something that experts have been saying they should have done years ago??

At this point, it has become obvious what all these companies really want. They want Vista to be a big blank canvas of an operating system.

No browser. No Anti-virus. No firewall. No media player. Nothing but a start button and some folders to neatly tuck their 3rd party software in. 3rd party software that they will be happy to charge you for. That way you can buy every single program separately. Yippee!

And yet, people keep saying that MS needs more substance to compete with Apple's OS-X. That Vista doesn't have enough value included in its price. Hmmm...I wonder why.

By GhandiInstinct on 10/2/2006 5:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Norton is a rip-off, it doesn't work, I don't know what does really, I need to run spyroot, hijack this, ewido, norton and windows defender in order to keep my computer safe, it is ridiculous indeed, and I'm an advanced user, imagine what people who know squat are going through...

These days we need to up the ante.

RE: Let me get this straight...
By KHysiek on 10/3/2006 2:40:45 AM , Rating: 1
I wonder if you would say the same if MS would ruin you several years work almost instantly with releasing their 'solution'.

If you have to pay extra for LiveCare MS service, why we can't have A CHOICE. But we will not get any in Vista. I don't get you people.

Since when "secure" and "free" words go well with Microsoft. Don't make me laugh, if you are believing that MS product ideally perfect product ruined by vicous hardware manufacturers, software makers, hackers and dumb users. You will cry quickly on your Vistas full of holes and beg you beloved MS for help (which you won't get).
Keep your dreaming until painful wake up.

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