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From Security Perspective, Windows 7 Off To A Rocky Start
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 23 October 2009 17:40

Experts express consternation over early vulnerabilities, UAC configuration issues

Oct 22, 2009 | 05:02 PM
By Tim Wilson

The global launch of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 7 operating system today was greeted with fanfare -- and some grumbling from security professionals who worry the new OS already has too many holes.

Windows 7, which has been broadly beta-tested for many months, is hailed as being easier to use than its predecessor, Vista, which didn't catch on the way many industry watchers had expected. But if the new environment is easier on the user, then it isn't as secure as it could be, security professionals say.

First, there is the issue of vulnerabilities. Microsoft has patched several security flaws in Windows 7 since last November, and a zero-day exploit of vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Server Message Block (SMB) technology affected both new and old versions of Windows last month. The SMB vulnerabilities were patched in the most recent round of upgrades last week.  [DarkReading] [Comment...]



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