Linked by Andrew Youll on Wed 6th Jul 2005 21:54 UTC
Windows Microsoft's forthcoming Longhorn operating system places great emphasis on locking down PCs to prevent unauthorised access to hardware and software, the software giant revealed today.
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by sappyvcv on Wed 6th Jul 2005 22:49 UTC
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I'm looking forward to Longhorn, but this is hardly news. They've been saying from the beginning that this is their plan. Of course, they have to say these things. This time, I do think they're actually taking it very seriously though.

If the new IE is truly locked down and secure, along with Outlook, then we will see a slowdown in this trojan/spyware thing. It will slowly decrease as people upgrade and less use pre XP versions of windows. or IE6 pre SP2.

The key points for security here are definately
(1) IE and the rendering engine (since it powers outlook)
(2) LUAs to prevent programs from gaining too much access without the user knowing.

If Microsoft can do these right, which they definately can, Longhorn will be a security success.

The sad part of all this is that there are people that will be disappointed if Longhorn turns out good security-wise.

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