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December 26, 2006

Vista Flaws Already?

It's typically a slow time for tech around the Christmas - New Year's week.  However, with consumer Vista just around the corner after the release of the corporate version, the New York Times is reporting "potentially serious flaws" has been discovered in the code.  Microsoft is riding this OS as the most secure ever.  Compared to all the others, it likely is, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. 

The flaws in question can elevate a user's privileges on target machines making it possible for hackers to take control of a target machine.  This combined with another discovered flaw in Internet Explorer 7 makes it possible to get past the controls that block a compromised browser from infecting the rest of the machine. 

A Russian programmer described these flaws on December 15th.  They affect all versions of Windows including Vista.  Microsoft is investigating and making cautious statements about the discovery.  Can we expect critical security fixes even before the software is officially released?

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VISTA Rocks, in an Ideal Situation. It isn't perfect. But it is pretty damn near indestructible.

Posted by: FERG | Mar 8, 2007 8:27:58 AM

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