Vista (in)security: Hacking into the new OS

A recently released Microsoft report reveals that 52% of admitted Vista security problems have not yet been resolved.

"Safety and security is the overriding feature that most people will want to have Windows Vista for," said Jim Allchin of Microsoft in January. "Even if they are not into home entertainment or in any of the specialty areas, they are just going to feel safer and more secure by using it."

Well, did a point-by-point dissection of a six-months-later Microsoft security review, and they're not alone in debunking Redmond's partisan analysis as being skewed. One BetaNews poster read the above and noted that, with only 48% of Vista's 25 security problems fixed as per the Microsoft report, Red Hat 4 has a far better batting average with an 81% closure rate.

When that critique is added to the latest of three Symantec security reports, plus reports of speech recognition, buffer overflow and 'sticky keys' exploits, and the exclusion of PatchGuard from all but 64-bit systems, it appears Microsoft is not there yet when it comes to Vista security.

Some IT shops are holding off on Vista deployment because their trusted security tools just don't work. Is yours one of them? Do you trust the Microsoft security-by-obscurity model, or do you find comfort in knowing what's wrong will lead to quicker fixes, as per open source advocates? Join the discussion.


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