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Vista Not Fully Secure, Says McAfee

Microsoft's Vista operating system could present its own batch of security problems, claimed researchers at McAfee, the firm working for software security.

Although researcher Tarolv Dirro at McAfee's Avert Labs acknowledged that Vista was ahead of other operating systems, and Microsoft has made it sufficiently stable and secure, he accepted that it has its own security concerns.

Dirro said Microsoft has made protection software hard for malicious people to hook up on Vista operating system to gain total control over the PC running it. But if any malware penetrates into Vista and tries for such access, then it is able to completely control the system as well as the security software running there. Once this happens, it gets impossible to detect the malware. Siliconrepublic published this in news on May 25, 2007.

As threat complexities grow, it is more important to simplify the management of IT security systems. It formed the main theme in the keynote address at Interop 2007 in Las Vegas on May 22, 2007. During the event, CEOs of IBM Internet Security Systems and McAfee highlighted challenges organizations confront in safeguarding networks and data from new threats. They also discussed about Vista in protecting systems.

There would be more malware during the coming 18 months than there have been in the last 20 years. Researchers working in Avert Labs predicted that 17,000 new phishing sites would appear each month, said De Walt, CEO and president of McAfee. Information Week published De Walt's statement on May 22, 2007.

Hackers trying to gain control over a system really want hold over the stored data, Dirro added. Even when the malware can't compromise the machine completely, the hacker could still steal the data he wants. The real danger here is when people assume their systems are fully secure and stop thinking about it, as reported by Siliconrepublic on May 25, 2007.

Irrespective of what Microsoft builds into the Vista operating system, the malware authors are set to find techniques to shut it down or break in, added Dave Marcus, researcher at McAfee's Avert Labs, according to the news published by Siliconrepublic on May 25, 2007.

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