Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:22 UTC
Windows Earlier this week, a senior National Security Agency official told US Congress that the NSA had worked on Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. This spurred a flurry of rumours about the NSA building backdoors into Windows 7, but Microsoft has today categorically denied these claims.
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Does a non-secret backdoor count?
by lemur2 on Fri 20th Nov 2009 01:54 UTC
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I also think it is highly unlikely Microsoft would put secret backdoors in Windows. Windows is probably the most prodded and tested piece of software out there, and the existence of a backdoor would get out quickly - and it would mean a devastating blow to Microsoft, especially in a world where, shall we say, the US isn't particularly popular.

How about a non-secret backdoor?

Microsoft have admitted in the past for XP that an "update to Windows update" can be pushed and installed silently on XP without Microsoft having to know any local machine password, regardless of user settings.

If Microsoft can silently update Windows update, then they have a backdoor. After silently updating Windows update Microsoft can always put it back again the way it was.

I haven't heard Microsoft ever claim that this backdoor was removed from either Vista or Windows 7.

PS: I don't believe there is anything malicious in this ... I just note that it exists.

Edited 2009-11-20 02:03 UTC

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