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- Kaspersky rips Windows Vista UAC
- George Orwell
March 22, 2007, 3:04 pm
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Security company Kaspersky claims that Vista's User Account Control
(UAC) http://snipurl.com/kaspersky_rips , the system of user privileges
that can be used to restrict users' administrative rights, will be so
annoying that users will disable it.
Speaking to ZDNet UK at the CeBIT 2007 show in Hanover Germany, Natalya
Kaspersky http://snipurl.com/natalya , the company's chief executive,
said, "Windows Vista with UAC disabled will be less secure than XP SP2.
There's a question mark if Vista security has improved, or has really
Kaspersky provides one of the scanning engines in ForeFront,
Microsoft's business security product.
Arno Edelmann, business security product manager for Microsoft, said
that Kaspersky's claims were surprising. "We have a thriving community
of partners, and Kasperky is one of our best partners," Edelmann told
ZDNet UK. "I find their statements a little strange because they have
one of the best insights into Microsoft security products."
Kaspersky also added her voice to Symantec and McAfee complaints that
PatchGuard, designed to protect the Vista kernel, is hindering security
"PatchGuard doesn't allow legitimate security vendors to do what we
used to do," said Kaspersky.
Symantec has claimed that PatchGuard is hurting security vendors more
than it was hurting malware writers. Bruce McCorkendale, a chief
engineer at Symantec, said: "There are types of security policies and
next-generation security products that can only work through some of
the mechanisms that PatchGuard prohibits."
Eugene Kaspersky, the company founder, said on Thursday that while
vendors had to interact with Vista legitimately, hackers were under no
"Cybercriminals seem not to care about Vista licensing," said Eugene
Kaspersky. "They don't need to follow regulations or be certified by
Microsoft — antivirus vendors do."
Re: Kaspersky rips Windows Vista UAC
D'oh! Arno doesn't seem to be too bright. Of course Kaspersky has one of
the best insights into Microsoft security products, and they just gave
honest facts about Vista. Perhaps it's the "honest" part of it that has M$
Microsoft has purposefully made it difficult for third-party security
vendors to interface with Vista because M$ want's people to buy security
products from M$.
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