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Old 28th February, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Symantec Advanced Threat Research on Vista

Symantec Advanced Threat Research (ATR) have been pulling Vista apart for quite some time now. Some of the work that's been done (and being done) has resulted in some whitepapers on Vista Security.

There's a bunch of stuff here, discussing the state of Vista's security. There's some interesting stuff about existing malware like:

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The results showed that 3 percent of backdoors can successfully execute and survive a system restart on Windows Vista without modification. Other categories include keyloggers, of which 4 percent can successfully execute and survive a system restart, mass mailers (4 percent), Trojans (2 percent), spyware (2 percent), and adware (2 percent).
The fact that legacy malware that was written to target Windows 2000 and Windows XP can still run happily on Windows Vista doesn't make the security advances look quite as good as MS is making out.

Symantec ATR summarise with the following:
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Microsoft Windows Vista in and of itself is not a security solution; rather it is a more secure version of Microsoft Windows. Symantec continues to see the user as the weakest link, as social engineering attacks become more elaborate in order to undermine the security technologies within Windows Vista. Symantec also predicts that that the greatest exposure to risk will come from third-party software, which is less likely to employ all the security features available—at least in the short to medium term.
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So symantec isn't looking to retire from security software any time soon...Nor is MS inclined to become overly involved with it.":O}
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I know some of the guys in Symantec ATR. They are some smart cookies, that's for sure!
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As you know better than I ...They HAVE to be! ":O}
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