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Warning About Windows Vista

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 24 — Microsoft is facing an early crisis of confidence in the quality of its Windows Vista operating system as computer security researchers and hackers have begun to find potentially serious flaws in the system that was released to corporate customers late last month.

On Dec. 15, a Russian programmer posted a description of a flaw that makes it possible to increase a user’s privileges on all of the company’s recent operating systems, including Vista. And over the weekend a Silicon Valley computer security firm said it had notified Microsoft that it had also found that flaw, as well as five other vulnerabilities, including one serious error in the software code underlying the company’s new Internet Explorer 7 browser.

The browser flaw is particularly troubling because it potentially means that Web users could become infected with malicious software simply by visiting a booby-trapped site. That would make it possible for an attacker to inject rogue software into the Vista-based computer, according to executives at Determina, a company based in Redwood City, Calif., that sells software intended to protect against operating system and other vulnerabilities.
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lexmarks567 said:
Have an odd feeling that this isn't going to be the last time we hear of security flaws with Vista......thanks for sharing, lex...
Stoner said:
Not a good start.
I lagged on buying into XP until both the price of a computer became more attractive and XP became mature and the worst of the known flaws in XP were addressed ( hopefully :rolleyes: ).
It will be interesting to see how the general public perceives this.
did the same thing. Xp was out around 3 years before I bought it. Still unsure if I made a mistake or not. :)

I think Vista is going to be raked over the coals, personally. Time will tell.
ditto, but once I played with 2k I was hooked. Still think it was the best os they made....nowhere near as many bugs as xp, pretty secure (for windows), and solid as a rock.

Again, time will tell.
read that somewhere else, hewee.....still like the 'longest suicide note in history' part......I've been saying for some time that vista/longhorn, plus the fresh movement from Apple, is really going to level the playing field.....

Time will tell.
vista is going to level the playing field between apple and MS much more than apple's slick ad campaign will.
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