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Microsoft Locking Out Anti-Virus Makers? 135

twitter writes "Anti-virus makers have more to fear than stonewalling by Microsoft if a report by Agnitum, maker of Outpost Personal Firewall, is right about recent trusted computing changes. All the problems were summarized in a choice Register quote, 'In addressing the potential problem of not being able to install Outpost on new versions of Windows, we have discovered that it is possible to drill past the new security measures introduced by Microsoft - if we use the same techniques used by hackers.'"
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Microsoft Locking Out Anti-Virus Makers?

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  • by Vampyre_Dark ( 630787 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @03:58PM (#15807108)
    Microsoft has actually been bending over the backwards to help the anti-virus companies properly integrate their products into the new windows Vista. The problem comes from miscommunication. Billy is using his new speech-to-text program for all correspondece.
  • by r00t ( 33219 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @04:19PM (#15807202) Journal
    Binary patching a kernel is just plain wrong. It's an unstable hack.

    You're supposed to patch the kernel source and recompile. Oh...
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @04:27PM (#15807233)
    If you apply an unstable hack to an unstable hack, is the result stable?
  • by Sixtyten ( 991538 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @04:30PM (#15807244)
    Microsoft's New OS to Run Exclusively Microsoft Products

    October 28, 2010

    REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft has just made a last-minute change in plans for it's newest operating system, Windows Vista.

    The operating system, scheduled for release this December, will now only run Microsoft products, according to CEO Steve Ballmer.

    "This is a very exciting time for us all," announced Ballmer. "For years, end-users have been forced to choose between products by third party developers and Microsoft. Now, they won't have to," he explained.

    Ballmer also claims that the new operating system will feature cutting-edge security.

    "Because the system will only run Microsoft products, you will continue to see the stability and security you expect of Microsoft," he continued. "And with the new Privacy Protection Advantage software, you can be assured your copy of Windows is genuine, because otherwise all of your hard drives would be erased and appropriate authorities will be dispatched. You couldn't possibly be able to use this system if it wasn't."

    Microsoft also recently announced it's new Quality Assurance Software, which is bundled with Windows Vista and is now a required Windows XP update.

    "It searches your hard drives for foreign operating systems and deletes them immediately to assure that all of your software on your machine is of uniformly good quality. It also will automatically reinstall Windows on all of your hard drives in case you get tempted and decide to try any lesser operating systems," Ballmer noted.
  • by cli_rules! ( 915096 ) on Saturday July 29, 2006 @05:09PM (#15807400)
    No-one comes here for the news! Not only is it always a day or two late, we often recycle it just for fun, and then make 'slashbacks' on it one more time just to annoy the hell out of people like you.
    Agreed. We come here for the wit.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29, 2006 @06:10PM (#15807578)
    Dogs are eating dog food.
    Cats are eatin gcat food.
    Bush is doing something stupid.
    Shaq is eating.
    Grass is growing.
    MSFT's bill for breaking EU law went up.
    MSFT lies.
    Vista is just that... a vista.
    Linux is pwning server rooms across america.
    Ballmer is throwing chairs.
    Ballmer is cursing Google.
    Ballmer heard repeating "developers, developers, developers" from people outside his bathroom window...

    You see, the world just makes sense.

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