Outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin: 'Vista Won't Need Antivirus'


Famous last words from an outgoing Microsoftie?

Via Betanews:
"outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's new lockdown features are so capable and thorough that he was comfortable with his own seven-year-old son using Vista without antivirus software installed."

It reminds me of the oftenly attributed to IBM quote:
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." While this quote may or may not be true, it has stuck to IBM for many, many years.

If I were MS, I'd be cutting a few strings on this guy's golden parachute...


640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Well, its the the first time BS came from Microsoft.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody. " - Bill Gates

My bet is that Vista will be

My bet is that Vista will be absolutely safe and secure until the day after it comes out in stores.

Sort of reminds me of when

Sort of reminds me of when the UK government tried to pretend BSE was a non-issue, and tried to stage some poor kid eating a beef-burger.

Never use kids in PR statements, IMO, unless there's absolute need.


Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), which renders the object code of the system kernel in memory differently each time to thwart the designs of malicious code


What a moron...

I don't think you need to worry about what's in your current memory, but the next time you reboot all bets are off!

Besides, intercepting the OS vectors is trivial, or used to be as late as Win98, so I'm not sure I'd even bother looking around memory for anything, just hook yourself into a vector and enjoy.

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