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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: 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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