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Will 64bit Windows really be more secure?

By iiiears ·
Windows Vista is what a lot of users are waitng for faster processing for the available and now much more affordable 64 bit hardware.

Dual core and the no execute NX bit promise so much more speed and protection from malware and application hijacking for Vista.

Can Microsoft delay the inevitable and give users peace of mind even for the short term? If you work on Microsoft campus millions of us soon billions are wishing you success.

Is linux the answer if only because it has a smaller less targeted user base? Will linux developers learn and pass on what they know fast enough to keep pace?

Can any hardware and operating system no matter how well designed stand the double threat of bright people and the free interchange of ideas on the internet?

Personally, I am going to keep a two OSes installed and buy new disk imaging software while my fingers stay tightly crossed.

How about you?

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I doubt it

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Will 64bit Windows really ...

Based on past performance the new Windows will have every fault and vulnerability that has been found in Windows over the last 10 years, it will only allow the attackers to utilise them much faster than before.

Since Win 95 MS has made 5 major changes to Windows with NT, NT 3.51, NT4, Win2K,and Win XP, yet they have not yet gone back to square 1 and totally rewritten the code from scratch. In each case they just added in extra code to the existing kernel code - thus continuing the many known faults. By now the source code must look like a Pakapu train ticket with bits added on everywhere, they are well overdue for a total top to bottme rewrite.

I do not expect MS Windows to improve until such time as they do a total rewrite of the whole of the source code - but I do not expect them to do it.

Add into this the troubles users experience with the MS 'we hate everyone activation process' they can expect to see a growing switch away from MS to everyone else just to get away from that crap.

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Intrusion detection?

by knannest In reply to I doubt it

I can not see any reason why a 64 bit system is more secure than a 32 bit. It might be difficult if the IDS or IPS have code that needs more than 32 bit adressing.

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by Andrew06 In reply to Intrusion detection?

Personally, I can only see the advantage of a 64bit based OS being able to run more code that is capable of protecting its users. More demanding code to protect the need for a more secure environment.

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