Vista vs. Viruses

Microsoft's latest development, Windows Vista, is positioned as a system with enhanced security. The official release data is scheduled for 30th January 2007. However, questions as to how realistic the claims of enhanced security are were being raised by the computing community long before a beta version was made available for download. What exactly are the functions which are designed to offer the user security? And how effective will they really be? Is it true that once Vista is released an antivirus wonít be necessary? This article is designed to address some of these issues.

We canít help but be glad that the developer/vendor of the most widespread operating system for PCs has taken a serious look at user security. In installing Vista, you can be certain at least that the productís developers made a concerted effort to integrate protection against cyber threats, and that they will continue to do so. However, the security functions currently implemented in Vista are not so all encompassing that the user can wave goodbye to other security software.

The major innovation in security in Vista is User Account Control (which restricts user rights), PatchGuard (a system designed to protect the kernel) and Internet Explorer 7 security features. Other, less significant, security features, which include Address Space Layer Randomization (ASLR), Network Access Protection, Windows Service Handling, and protection against buffer overruns will not be examined in this article. Nor will we look at additional components, such as Windows Defender, the integrated firewall and antispyware solution - these are standard solutions, and how useful they are in terms of ensuring system security is a question of comparing them to similar solutions from other vendors. - Vista vs. Viruses

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 27th January 2007 11:37PM