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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: Erm... ok.
By 0blivious on 10/3/2006 4:01:20 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yes i was so caught in the antivirus talk that i forgot to say what i was about to say.

I have tried Vista RC1 but i'm not so really fond of it so to speak.

Partly because you have to search what you before knew exactly where to find.

There has to be an option where you can set vista in 'Expert' mode or something. Where before you had to click 2 times to get something, now you have to click 4 times. I don't see this as an improvement. Everything is grouped now.

It's like when you install a fresh copy of XP and you go to your control panel, everything is put into groups. The good thing was that you could switch to classic view.

Also, Switching from win95 to 98 to me to 2000 to xp, it's all about the same, you know where to find your stuff.

This time around it's like having your girlfriend cleaning your appartment, you know where to find that specific item but now you have to turn it all inside out to find it again.

On a positive note, Vista looks amazing, runs smooth on my 3000+ & 2GB & 7800gt. I haven't tried to play games yet cause i'm going to wait until it's out.

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