Gartner: Vista PatchGuard Changes Will Take Years

Research firm Gartner on Thursday said that Microsoft's proposed changes to Windows Vista security, particularly plans to create APIs that will let security vendors access some aspects of the operating system kernel, will take years to implement.

Microsoft's concessions, which were announced last week as part of a multiple-move effort to avoid new antitrust charges or fines leveled by the European Union's Competition Commission, included changes to PatchGuard, technology to deploy in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista that walls off the kernel. PatchGuard is meant to stop malicious code from making changes at the kernel level, and has been touted by Microsoft as a defense against rootkits and other malware. Gartner: Vista PatchGuard Changes Will Take Years - News by InformationWeek

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