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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: Go figure...
By Xavian on 10/2/2006 6:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
NOD32 is also good too. Low resource usage and picks up anything i throw at it.

RE: Go figure...
By Chillin1248 on 10/3/2006 4:20:28 AM , Rating: 2
I have personally used many AVS/Firewalls, mainly:

Microsoft Firewall
Norton Firewall
(and several other exotic ones)
(and several others I can't recall)

The best firewall was Zonealarm, however it was too good at its job and sometimes became a pain to use on my non-work machines, so for my home PCs I just use Microsoft which does the job well.

For Anti-Virus, the most secure seemed to be NOD32, but not by much over AVG which used around the same or less resources and was much less intrusive. Hence I stick to AVG now.


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