Wow: Microsoft’s Windows Vista already hacked

“The marketing propaganda touting Microsoft’s new Vista operating system as ‘the most secure version of Windows yet’ has done nothing to stop both white and black hat hackers from discovering Vista vulnerabilities. Unless you simply enjoy acting as an experimental Microsoft guinea pig, it’s best to wait before trying to run Windows Vista,” Dave Moore reports for The Norman Transcript.

Moore reports, “Quite disturbing were recent revelations that Microsoft’s own Live OneCare antivirus program, tailored specifically for Vista, is unable to block many well-known computer viruses. Another antivirus package from McAfee also fails to do the job. This fulfills predictions made in early 2006 by antivirus firm Symantec (maker of Norton AntiVirus) that, because of Microsoft’s failure to provide ways for antivirus programmers to fully integrate their products with Vista, many antivirus programs would have a hard time protecting Vista users. I guess that includes Microsoft, as well.”

“Russian hackers posted instructions to an underground forum describing how to implement ‘privilege escalation,’ which could bypass some Vista security measures. This hack could escalate the ‘privileges’ of a normal Vista user into that of a ‘superuser,’ allowing him to change anything he desired on the system. This would be particularly dangerous in a corporate environment where normal computer users have limited privileges, in that they cannot install programs, visit certain Web sites, etc. This threat is considered so serious that Microsoft has scrambled its ‘Security Response Center,’ which is ostensibly still trying to figure out what to do,” Moore reports.

Moore reports, “Said one very irritated and frustrated Vista early adopter, ‘I should have bought a Mac.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.Bill Gates, February 02, 2007, Newsweek

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72 Comments

  1. Microsoft clearly sucks, they have more net worth then Apple, Inc but can’t get their poop in a group.

    Vista is not cheap $400 bucks for the premium if you own a Mac your looking at $100-$125 for the newest version of the MAC OS and it’s always premium!

    BUY A MAC!

  2. Zune Tang? What do you say about this? Mac OS X has been out for years, and we haven’t seen anything like this. Nada. Zip. Zero.

    I think you need a new slogan as well. “Your potential, our passion” should be “Your potential, our problems” as users will get nothing but that installing Vista.

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