What Will Kill Windows ...

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. .... will be the third-party software
    <http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/04/isvs-to-blame-for-vista7-infections-office-updates-ignored.ars>.
    It’s simultaneously Windows’ biggest asset, and also its biggest liability.
    Only nowadays, it’s tilting more toward the latter:

    These heap improvements are available to any third-party software that
    uses the standard Windows heap. Most applications do just that... One
    widely used application, however, does not: Adobe Reader. Adobe Reader
    has its own heap system, ostensibly to provide greater performance, but
    in so doing forfeits many of the security features built into the
    platform heap.

    And guess what? Adobe Reader is the single most-heavily-exploited piece of
    Windows software right now. And then:

    The easiest way for end users to patch Microsoft software is to enable
    Microsoft Update.

    ...

    Third-party applications unfortunately lack this kind of unified update
    system. Though Microsoft does work with third-party vendors to notify
    them of vulnerabilities and assist in remedying them, at present the
    only third-party software distributed through the Windows
    Update/Microsoft update system is driver software. Third-party
    applications have no access to the infrastructure.

    Windows users, it seems, rarely keep their software up-to-date, making it
    much easier to exploit already-patched vulnerabilities.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 29, 2010
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  2. In article <>, "geoff" <> wrote:
    >Lawrence D'Oliveiro ?


    No :) The best answer probably remains ... 'windows'. :)
    Bruce Sinclair, May 3, 2010
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