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Microsoft Admits 'legitimate Threat' To Vista


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 06:48 AM

Before it's even released, Windows Vista is under attack. After security researcher Joanna Rutkowska demonstrated how it's possible to circumvent security in Microsoft's Vista beta software and install a rootkit called Blue Pill, Microsoft said it intends to find ways to stop both potential threats before Vista ships...Microsoft's director of the Windows client group, Austin Wilson, said Microsoft considers Rutkowska's findings "legitimate" and is looking at the problem.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 07:09 AM

Wow thats just lovely!!! :thumbsup: Is there any good way to prevent against rootkits these days???


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Posted 07 August 2006 - 08:05 AM

Don't turn on your computer. :thumbsup:

Seriously, practice safe surfing and malware prevention. Read "Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe".

And be careful what you download: types of downloads that may contain malware:
Free games, animated characters, and screen savers.
Music, movies, and file-sharing programs.
Instant Messaging (IM) attachments.
Toolbars for your Internet browser.
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 09:42 AM

Good lord, what a totally sad world we live in.

You cant even use the latest unreleased OS now without being attacked. Wouldnt it be great if somehow a devic e was installed in all PCs that, if the user was trying to send out nasty things onto the web, then a bolt of electricity would shoot out from the keyboard,through the fingers, and down the body to the private region and fry it til its complete blubber.

Message to attackers:
Get off your lazy spotty scrawny arses and get a real job you pathetic low lives!

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 09:51 AM

I rather it being attacked and patched now, than after the release.
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 09:54 AM

Totally agree, but we all know its just going to get broken again somewhere down the line. My previous post was just a little self humerous dig at the idiots out there,thats all!

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 10:02 AM

Yeah, well with a completely new networking stack there will be enough bugs to go around. They've managed to reintroduce bugs that were fixed in Windows 95.
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 02:34 PM

Yeah just pulling the plug on the net would probably work pretty good lol. At least microsoft is admitting that the threat was real and trying to fix it. I'm not sure about vista yet, I've read good reviews about the beta so far, and really bad ones. So i'll just wait and see when it's finally released
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Posted 07 August 2006 - 10:03 PM

Is there any good way to prevent against rootkits these days???

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Preventing rootkits is fairly easy, its finding them after they're installed that is hard. A rootkit is no more stealthy before it gets installed than any other trojan. A good antivirus program can detect it once the signature is known (once the antivirus companies receive a copy of it) and quarantine it before the rootkit is installed. But once a rootkit is installed it can totally hide its self if its smart enough, especially from anti-whatever applications that rely on the OS for file and disk access. The latest VM type rootkits can still be detected, they're just much harder to detect. Since most start up before the Windows operating system you would have to boot from a CDROM and run detection from there to find it. Still, its bad stuff and complete removal may only be possible with a complete format and OS reinstall.

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 07:42 AM

Good lord, what a totally sad world we live in.

You cant even use the latest unreleased OS now without being attacked. Wouldnt it be great if somehow a devic e was installed in all PCs that, if the user was trying to send out nasty things onto the web, then a bolt of electricity would shoot out from the keyboard,through the fingers, and down the body to the private region and fry it til its complete blubber.

Message to attackers:
Get off your lazy spotty scrawny arses and get a real job you pathetic low lives!


AMEN TO THAT =P




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