Malicious hackers and vandals are lazy and wait for Microsoft to issue patches before they produce tools to work out how to exploit loopholes in Windows, say experts. Instead of working it out for themselves, malicious hackers are reverse engineering the patches to better understand the vulnerabilities, said David Aucsmith, who is in charge of technology at Microsoft’s security business and technology unit.
Microsoft Corp. is working on security technologies for the upcoming Longhorn release of Windows that will protect users against security threats by monitoring system and network behavior as well as the security patches that Microsoft has issued.
VeriSign will work with Microsoft to deliver authentication services that combine Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with VeriSign’s strong authentication services. VeriSign assures us that these services will significantly decrease the cost and complexity of deploying strong authentication across the enterprise.
In other security news, at MacObserver: “In the case of BSD and Mac OS X, for some strange reason, the developers and the OS people appear to be doing a better job of dealing with vulnerabilities and applying the patches,” said DK Matai, Executive Chairman of mi2g in an exclusive interview with The Mac Observer. “In addition, system administrators are doing a better job on these platforms in making sure default configurations are switched off so they have the maximum level of security. No matter how you calculate it, the numbers for Mac OS X and BSD are very small in comparison to the market share we know BSD has, which is about 10 percent at present from three percent in the last year.”