Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 27th Dec 2006 01:25 UTC, submitted by Sphinx
Windows Microsoft is facing an early crisis of confidence in the quality of its Windows Vista operating system as computer security researchers and hackers have begun to find potentially serious flaws in the system that was released to corporate customers late last month. On Dec. 15, a Russian programmer posted a description of a flaw that makes it possible to increase a user's privileges on all of the company's recent operating systems, including Vista. Update by Thom: Ars thinks the situation is hot air, mostly, something I agree with (a cracker already has to have login credentials for the flaws to be of any use).
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RE[3]: All OSes will have flaws
by postmodern on Wed 27th Dec 2006 09:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: All OSes will have flaws"
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There's some major differences between Windows and the rest of the world. First being that most Open Source apps have a very fast development cycle, with regular releases. Also most Linux distros handle these agile release cycles via a package management system that can sync to a managed repository in order to update the system. These two factors shrinks the attack window and administration hassles of average installations that are kept updated.

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