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A few dark clouds in the Vista!
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 10 August 2006 08:52
Symantec picks away at Vista's core
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: August 9, 2006, 3:01 PM PDT

In a third and final report on Windows Vista, Symantec examined the security of the operating system core and found some vulnerabilities.

Vista includes several barriers designed to prevent malicious code from gaining access to the operating system core or kernel. These enhancements are "quite substantial" and result in a "dramatic reduction" of the overall attack surface of the operating system, Symantec said in a report published Tuesday.

"However, we have identified certain weaknesses in the kernel enhancements that may be leveraged by malicious code to undermine these improvements," Matthew Conover, principal security researcher at Symantec, wrote in the report titled "Assessment of Windows Vista Kernel-Mode Security" (click for PDF).

Vista, slated to be broadly available in January, will be the first new version of Windows for PCs since XP, which was released in 2001. Microsoft has put a strong emphasis on security in Vista and promotes it as its most secure version of Windows yet.


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