Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2006 20:35 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Privacy, Security, Encryption "All too often people talk about the disadvantages of the Windows operating system: it has too many security flaws, it is not properly patched, it is not security oriented… Until the much talked about Vista system finally reaches our computers, there will still be plenty of time to protest. However, with the new malware dynamic, the idea that malware is restricted to specific operating systems is becoming anachronistic. It no longer matters whether the victim is a home-user or a company employee. It is now irrelevant whether the system administrator is just someone who lives round the corner or a highly qualified IT manager."
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RE: Malware ?
by Gone fishing on Sat 16th Dec 2006 06:45 UTC in reply to "Malware ?"
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2006-02-22

I disagree

If you include in your definition of malware harmful digital information, the author has a point, the code he is talking about runs in software (maybe verysoftware) between the users ears. No you couldn’t do this using snail mail because the originator of the scam couldn’t replicate the information quickly enough or cheaply enough to reach sufficient punters – so this is a legitimate computer problem and so worthy of osnews.

I suggest that this problem will help to scupper Vista security.

Inbox - naked lady pics (or similar)
OS – The attachment could contain malicious code or viruses
User – click open
OS- Please add the administrative password if you wish to make these changes to your system
User – adds password
Vista security – poof gone

You think this scenario is unlikely?

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