Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Oct 2006 18:52 UTC, submitted by chimby
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's not just Symantec that wants to call foul on Microsoft; McAfee got in on the action today with a full-page ad in the print edition of the Financial Times. The ad accuses Microsoft of engaging in dangerous practices that are creating 'inherent weaknesses' in Windows Vista. And by 'inherent weaknesses', McAfee means limitations on what their own products can do.
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Isn't kernel level access required to implement an anti-virus filter driver used to intercept low-level file I/O operations (ie. open, close, read, write, delete, etc)?

I am not exactly sure it's possible to write an effective proactive anti-virus package without kernel access on Windows (or any OS, for that matter).

As far as I understand, an app to scan files for viruses doesn't need kernel level file access, but a package that can prevent malicious file operations (ie. infection) does.

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