Windows Vista Security At 90 Days: How's It Doin'?


Three months into a life that could one day see it become the most prevalent operating system used in business, time to assess whether Microsoft has kept its related to Vista's security. The answer depends upon which promises you remember and whether you believe Microsoft should be judged on how far it's come or how far it has yet to go.

The short answer: Windows Vista is a solid improvement over its predecessors. After 90 days and with a relatively small number of deployments upon which to judge Microsoft's success, that's the consensus from security researchers, third-party vendors that rely on (and even compete with) the operating system, and corporate security managers.

This assertion comes with caveats, however. In the three Patch Tuesdays since Vista's launch, there's been one patch, MS07-010, that affects Vista. The patch became available in February to defend users against a critical vulnerability related to the way the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine parses Portable Document Format, or .pdf, files. This vulnerability, while not within Vista itself, could nevertheless allow attackers to remotely execute code on a company's PCs running Vista. Windows Vista Security At 90 Days: How's It Doin'? - Technology News by InformationWeek

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 9th March 2007 12:27AM