Windows 7’s XP Mode Cripples Malware, Gives Attackers Headaches

by admin September 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

The new version of Windows is stacking up to be the most secure to date

No computer system is completely secure. Inherent insecurities exist in even the most secure systems, be it in the form of exploitable features in the operating system code or the big organic “insecurity” sitting in front of the machine, typing on the keyboard. That said, Windows 7 is shaping up to be much more secure than its predecessors.

You might not hear that widely reported in the press. Windows 7, like OS X, has been carefully scrutinized whenever a flaw sees the light of day. Most recently Microsoft caught a flaw in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and the Windows 7 Release Candidate. The flaw in the Windows’ SMB (Server Message Block) 2 had not yet been exploited, but Microsoft warns, “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. Most attempts to exploit this vulnerability will cause an affected system to stop responding and restart.”

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