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McAfee Slams Microsoft over Vista Security

The top executives of McAfee showed their anger against Microsoft on October 3, 2006. They claimed that Vista is less safe than the earlier versions of Microsoft Windows. The officials bring their concern over the security of Vista to public notice through a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times and keep the same attitude in New York.

The advertisement was like an open letter to Microsoft as well as user clients. McAfee highlighted the fact that Microsoft dominates and regulates computer functions globally, including security features. So, if security feature like Vista fails, it will cast an effect on around 97%of the computers of world that are running it.

McAfee charged Microsoft of blocking its entry into major segments of Vista, specifically, to kernel of its 64-bit variant. Dalton of McAfee admitted ineptness in detecting any disorder in malware. McAfee finds Microsoft's enveloping of kernel as a safeguard against violators rather absurd, for hacker programs exist that can evade Patch Guard. If past record is any indication of Microsoft's effective cryptic programming, then Vista security is questionable. The feature of kernel patch protection in Vista is not new. This technology has been transported for over three years. It is currently available on XP 2003 and now in the newly introduced Vista 64 bit. The official statement by Microsoft contradicted McAfee's accusations clarifying that the security solutions of McAfee can work on 64-bit systems.

There are doubts in the European Commission about the functioning of Vista. It held back its comments due to the sensitive legalities, but is aware of Microsoft policies of killing competition to enjoy the monopoly. The Financial Times advertisement did not bring forth any comment from cautious EC.

Dalton added that the sole player is now the Microsoft. Technical problems are bound to crop up. The vendors feel there is little innovation in Microsoft's new product. The technical knowledge of security vendors has evolved and Microsoft's consecutive attempts to keep all at bay will only increase challenge attacks.

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