Symantec and McAfee 'should have prepared better' for Vista

by admin October 23, 2006 at 8:55 am

Rival security firm Sophos claims it is having no problems with PatchGuard

Symantec and McAfee ?¢‚Ǩ?ìshould have prepared better?¢‚Ǩ¬ù for Microsoft Vista, rival IT security firm Sophos claimed today.

Symantec and McAfee have recently made high-profile complaints that they are being “locked out” of the Vista operating system kernel by Microsoft’s PatchGuard technology. It is claimed that this allegedly anti-competitive move by Microsoft will prevent security firms from developing host intrusion prevention (HIPS) systems for Vista to protect against new malware.

However, Sophos argues that its approach to HIPS technology has met with no problems on both the low-spec and high-spec versions of Windows Vista. In addition, Sophos claims that Microsoft has so far provided all the interfaces that Sophos needs for providing this form of protection.

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