Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2006 18:29 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has released beta 3 of their Monad shell. "Windows 'Monad' Shell is a new interactive command-line and task-based scripting technology in Windows that enables administrators to more efficiently and securely automate and control system management tasks on both desktops and servers. 'Monad' Shell provides powerful task-based control (via built-in command line tools and utilities) and a powerful scripting language that enables comprehensive scripted control of the Windows operating system and applications."
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Will Monad be a part of Vista?
by Dias on Mon 27th Feb 2006 19:44 UTC
Dias
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2006-02-20

Will Monad be a part of Vista?

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dmdavis Member since:
2005-07-06

According to http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,122145,00.asp Monad was pulled from Vista due to security concerns. Basically, they thought it would be too much of a target for hackers.

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Azad Kupelian Member since:
2005-10-04

The PCWorld article is wrong in two aspects.

Microsoft will not include Monad in Windows Vista because it will not be ready in time for them to fully integrate and test it with that product, not because it poses a security threat.

Consider the current Windows Command Prompt. If a user has the proper privileges, he can issue destructive commands, or run a script with such commands. If he does not have the needed privileges, the commands will not execute. The same is true of Monad.

Demonstrating that a user can execute malicious commands from a shell does not mean one has discovered a security risk.

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