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    Changing Windows OS into an Immutable OS

    by jonsukben30 ·


    I wonder if it would be really advantageous for Microsoft to switch their Windows OS architecture into an immutable operating system design like some Linux distros do (Silverblue or Vanilla for example).

    If so, what real life Windows based security issues examples could be mitigated/resolved ?

    Discuss !

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      Switching the Windows OS architecture

      by Abdullah Salik ·

      In reply to Changing Windows OS into an Immutable OS

      Switching the Windows OS architecture to an immutable operating system design, similar to certain Linux distributions like Silverblue or Vanilla, could potentially offer some advantages in terms of security. Here are a few potential security issues that could be mitigated or resolved with such a design:

      1. Malware and unauthorized changes: Immutable operating systems are designed to prevent unauthorized modifications to critical system files and configurations. This could greatly reduce the risk of malware infections, as malicious software would be unable to make persistent changes to the operating system. Even if malware manages to infiltrate the system, it would be confined to a limited scope, making it easier to isolate and remove.

      2. System integrity and tampering: With an immutable OS, it becomes more difficult for attackers to tamper with the operating system’s integrity. The immutability ensures that the system files and configurations remain in a known, trusted state. This can protect against various attack vectors, such as rootkits, bootkits, or file-level tampering, as any unauthorized modifications would be automatically reverted upon system reboot.

      3. Zero-day vulnerabilities: Immutable operating systems can provide enhanced protection against zero-day vulnerabilities. By ensuring that critical system components remain unchanged, even if a new vulnerability is discovered, attackers would have a limited window of opportunity to exploit it. The ability to quickly roll back the system to a known, secure state can buy time for patching and mitigation measures.

      4. Privilege escalation: Immutable operating systems can help reduce the risk of privilege escalation attacks. Immutable systems typically have a clear separation between the read-only core operating system and user-installed applications. This isolation can prevent attackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in user-installed software to gain elevated privileges on the system.

      5. Configuration drift: Immutable OS designs can address the issue of configuration drift, where system configurations diverge over time due to manual changes or unauthorized modifications. By maintaining a consistent and immutable base system, it becomes easier to enforce and track desired system configurations, reducing the risk of misconfigurations and improving overall security posture.

      It’s important to note that while an immutable operating system design can provide security benefits, it also in

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      No one I know would care.

      by rproffitt ·

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      Changing Windows OS into an Immutable OS

      by Julie Kelly ·

      In reply to Changing Windows OS into an Immutable OS

      Hi, jonsukben
      Switching Windows OS to an immutable operating system design, like certain Linux distros, could be advantageous for Microsoft. It would mitigate security issues such as malware and ransomware, unauthorized software installation, system integrity breaches, zero-day exploits, and configuration drift.
      However, challenges include limitations on software installation and system modifications, as well as compatibility considerations. Careful evaluation is necessary to assess the benefits, drawbacks, and feasibility of the Windows ecosystem.

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