10/27/2006

Security firm punctures Vista’s Patchguard

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:16 pm

Security vendor Authentium has discovered a mechanism to get around Microsoft’s controversial Patchguard kernel protection technology, which is due to ship in the 64-bit version of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft has criticised the move, claiming it puts Windows customers at risk, and vows to modify its technology to block the approach. Security firms ought to work with the APIs provided by Redmond rather than going it alone, it said

“We continue to encourage all software vendors to work with Microsoft on supported design approaches that work with Kernel Patch Protection to ensure that customers can have a secure and reliable computing experience on Windows Vista and Windows XP 64-bit systems, rather than putting customers at risk by developing approaches to try to bypass Kernel Patch Protection and as a result reduce the security protection of Windows,” Adrien Robinson, director of Microsoft’s Security Technology Unit, told eWeek.

Source: The Register

 

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