Microsoft Opening Up Vista Kernel To Security Vendors

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:27 pm

Microsoft has compromised with security vendors who’ve been demanding access to the kernel of the upcoming Vista operating system so that they can update their security offerings, two analysts confirmed Friday.

Following conversations with the European Union, Microsoft will make two security-related changes to Vista. First, it will create a new set of APIs, which will let third-party security vendors access information from the kernel. Microsoft will also build additional APIs to make sure Vista’s security status dashboard — Windows Security Center — doesn’t send duplicate alerts to users who have installed a rival dashboard.

Source: InformationWeek


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