It seems the faith in Microsoft from the security industry is at an all time low, not surprising really with the amount of flaws that have been coming out in both the OS and the crapware forced upon its users like Internet
Anti-virus firms at Infosec say they expect Vista and IE7 to change nothing for the industry. Microsoft used its presence at the show to laud the security features they’ve been busy building in the the upcoming software.
In particular, Microsoft was eager to talk about how Vista will finally jettison the need to run Windows as an administrator most of the time.
Basically what they are saying is, your mom, your gran and anyone else technically unsavvy is still going to be subjected to huge risks, even if they upgrade to Vista. Nothing is going to change in essence.
Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous Russian AV outfit said he expects the new privilege regime to have little effect. He said: “Of course they [virus writers] will find a way round it. Within a year there will be something like a rootkit for Vista.”
John Kay, Chief Technical Officer at Blackspider reckons on a “bug per line of code”. With the traditionally Heath-Robinsonian construction of MS browsers he’s not hopeful for IE7. He said: “I dread to think how many lines of code there are in there.”
1 bug per line of code? Amazingly bad, but I don’t think it would be quite so terrible. Even so, the people in the know say Windows is the worst hodge podge of spaghetti coding they’ve ever seen. It was pretty much confirmed when the Win2k & NT4 source code leaked out.
Let’s all stick to *nix & Open Source hey, but then that’s not perfect either. At least it’s improving at a rate of knots…I’m just waiting for Firefox to have a decent Bookmark manager ;)
Source: The Register