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Symantec: Vista less secure than XP

by Ivana Strahija on July 19th, 2006 Security experts at Symantec claim that Vista networking will be less stable and secure than XP.

Although Microsoft swears that Windows Vista will be much more secure than XP (and also attending conferences to explain why – see our Hack in the Box section), the Symantec company has issued a whole report stating just the opposite.

As it turns out, security researchers from Symantec discovered testing Vista that Microsoft programmers have removed some well tested and stable code and replaced it with new one, which might bring network instability. Building Vista from scratch gave Microsoft to opportunity to implement IPv6 internet protocol, which could show its flaws even years from the Vista final release.
The Ipv6 protocol is, states Symantec, also a security hazard right from the start because its implementation reveals otherwise invisible computers protected by a firewall.

In its papers Symantec provides overview of many bugs and vulnerabilities found in various test builds of Vista (which has reached build 5472), but the Microsoft company, who was given the papers in advance, claims that all those flaws were eradicated and that the code is going through Security Development Lifecycle before it ships.

Although Symantec could have a point in addressing some concerns, many security experts wonder how much was Symantec provoked to write the report because of the Microsoft's entrance onto the security vendor market. Did Windows Live OneCare stir the ghosts more than we imagined? With Symantec suing Microsoft for misuse of data storage technology, a lot of things are possible.

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