Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 09:31 UTC
Windows Last week, security vendor Sophos published a blog post in which it said that Windows 7 was vulnerable to 8 our of 10 of the most common viruses. Microsoft has responded to these test results, which are a classic case of "scare 'm and they'll fall in line".
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Okay
by drcoldfoot on Tue 10th Nov 2009 11:47 UTC
drcoldfoot
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2006-08-25

This is typical marketing. I want to observe a conclusive test. A fully patched version of the OS, then test. Otherwise, this is a waste of keystrokes, and bandwidth.

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RE: Okay
by Devi1903 on Tue 10th Nov 2009 12:23 in reply to "Okay"
Devi1903 Member since:
2009-11-05

Do we ever see a conclusive test? Security Vendors always over exaggerate and microsoft always defend themselves. Its business!

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RE[2]: Okay - pwn2own
by jabbotts on Tue 10th Nov 2009 15:42 in reply to "RE: Okay"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Current versions of the big name OS fully patched.

Granted, to remove the chance of target bias, it'd be interesting to have the competitors hit each of the machines with the lovelies they braught. It would show what vulnerability was present in all platforms or what mitigated it.

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RE[2]: Okay
by sbenitezb on Tue 10th Nov 2009 16:01 in reply to "RE: Okay"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

I hope Microsoft includes a really good Security Essentials with all Windows versions from now on, so these smoke and mirror companies disappear once and for all.

Edited 2009-11-10 16:01 UTC

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RE: Okay
by Gone fishing on Tue 10th Nov 2009 15:48 in reply to "Okay"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Why fully patched? not everyone has the luxury of a internet connection. How about as it comes out of the box or installed OEM on the PC

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RE[2]: Okay
by sbenitezb on Tue 10th Nov 2009 16:03 in reply to "RE: Okay"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

I believe a computer without internet access is useless nowadays.

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RE: Okay
by shashank_hi on Tue 10th Nov 2009 16:15 in reply to "Okay"
shashank_hi Member since:
2009-08-27

The pwn2own contest is a good independent security benchmark. I highly doubt if there could be a conclusive test though, because OS development is quite dynamic.

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