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Re: [neWs) M$ Begins Massive PR Blitz

  • Subject: Re: [neWs) M$ Begins Massive PR Blitz
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006 08:03:21 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS
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__/ [ Rex Ballard ] on Saturday 05 August 2006 00:34 \__

> Sinister Midget wrote:
>> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060803/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_hacker_challenge
>>    LAS VEGAS - After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the
>>    past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting
>>    some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes
>>    in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.
> [snip]
> So they put a padlock on their cardboard box, didn't tell them about
> the doggie door for the St Barnard, and give them 10 minutes to try and
> figure out the combination to the padlock.


>> --
>> Microsoft is to operating systems and security as McDonalds is to
>> gourmet cooking.
> Compared to "Fortress Linux" which has numerous layers of security, and
> auditing to bust your a** if you do try to hack it.  Crack that Linux
> server, you go to jail.  Do you feel lucky punk?
> :D

FWIW, the crackers broke Vista last night! Well ahead of its date of release
(the prematurity being a bad thing for Microsoft, not a positive thing)

,----[ Quote ]
| She demonstrated two potential attack vectors. One could allow unsigned
| code to be loaded into the Vista kernel. The second vector involved
| taking advantage of AMD's Pacific Hardware Virtualization to inject a
| new form of super malware that Rutkowska claimed to be undetectable.


I will also append the following list that I accumulated for PJ.

Symantec highlights Windows Vista user vulnerabilities

Symantec continues Vista bug hunt

Symantec Finds Flaws In Vista's Network Stack

Symantec Says Windows Vista Will be Less Secure than XP

Symantec sees an Achilles' heel in Vista

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