Kaspersky predicts Vista security holes

Antivirus experts from Kaspersky Labs have predicted that 90 percent of current malware will run on Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Vista. Although at the moment Vista appears to be more secure than previous Windows operating systems, Kaspersky researchers warned last week that as Vista becomes more popular, it will increasingly become a target for hackers.

"We're not asking whether vulnerabilities will be found, but when," said Alexander Gostev, principal antivirus researcher for Kaspersky. According to Gostev, one of the first pieces of the operating system to be attacked will be PatchGuard, the code that protects the Vista kernel.

"One of the first things to be targeted will be the technology which is meant to make getting access to the kernel more difficult," said Gostev. "Particularly because there are already approaches for evaluating this technology."

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Vista is NOT vulnerable to malware from 2004!!!
In fact you forgotten to read this:
Windows Mail Client, the Vista replacement to Outlook, will block the worms.
Windows Mail Client will block these mass-mailers, as it detects double extensions. Some mass mailers try to hide their executable payloads behind another extension -- for example a text file. Mail Client will notice both the executable and the text file, and prevent the executable from running, in its default setting

That artical is hilerious

"The comment about his seven-year-old spurred our idea -- let's see if malware runs on Vista," said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. "It does."

"I'm certainly not going to run Vista without antivirus," Theriault added. "And I wouldn't take the risk with my business. Who knows how many more pieces of malware run on it?"

OMGZORS!!!111 YOU MEAN VISTA CAN RUN STUFF BUT WHAT IF ITS BAD!!!! AHHH I NEED AN ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM.

If you install a third party mail program you allow that code to run if it has bugs and allows security to be breeched then of course vista will be affected what is the point to that artical.

The moment I switched away from Internet Explorer, I had no need for virus/ad removing applications. Whoever believes that Vista will be 'absolutely secure' is ignorant. It should however make it much harder for a novice user to inflict these problems on him/herself.

And no, Windows is not only a target because it is most popular - but because it was built with features in mind, not security. Active X controls did not use to come with a zillion warnings, they do now. Windows has a fairly advanced firewall built in.

These companies are shooting themselves in the foot by crying 'wolf wolf' even before Vista is released. There probably will be some problems, and their software will be in demand, perhaps more because of PEBKAC-related problems than software flaws...

Funny how you mention PEBCAK.... since all the time I used IE... I never really had any problems with spyware, not caused by IE anyway, I had two cases of Spyware, both cause by installatiosn of other apps, one it didn't inform you at all, and the other was the early versiosn of MS plus with ad-ware and I rushed the install (at the time when he had the reversed psychology buttons)

IE doesn't install spyware and Adware, Users install spyware and adware

Yeah Kaspersky and every other AV company has been throwing in their 2 cents, their ten cents, their quarters, pretty much every stupid comment they can come up with trying to scare customers and sell more units.
Fact: whatever the most popular OS on earth is, it will have viruses.

Ok, the first thing is that in order for Kaspersky to get in any news article is for them to come out with something like this. Its obvious that their software can't give them exposure like this, however good it is. I think everything has been said about their software and the media is not going to use that; however they will use something like this article. It's the ONLY way they are going to get their name into any main line news article, because their software sure won't do it for them.

Their nothing more then media whore mongers, just like Brittney Spears....

You can bash Kaspersky all you want, and they can comment on anything for all I care.

All I do know is, they make a DAMN fine antivirus, that I will continue using, until the company goes under, or it gets mutilated into something symantec would make.

I predict that 100% of neowin users are breathing, and some day it will rain.
When will thoose marketing dum%as% prediction articles ever die?

This seems to be an obvious example of "exaggerating security problems to sell security applications" advertising. I am a Kaspersky Anti-Virus user myself and much of the time they are blatantly honest about things but this, I think, is not one of those times. While I agree that it is not a matter of if but when concerning attacks toward Windows Vista machines, I think the 90% figure is blown out of proportion. We'll see...

"Kaspersky researchers warned last week that as Vista becomes more popular, it will increasingly become a target for hackers" NO ****!!! Tell us something we don't allredy know. Now it only depends on how succesfull any one is in hacking it. This company along with any other like it will say anything to ensure that people keep buying there Pos antivirus program that you don't need. If your system gets plagued with malware, spyware, viruses, exc. chances are you deserve it because it was probably your own damn fault. Either get a brain and learn from your mistakes or pay the price.

In other news, local man predicts that sunrise shall follow sunset.

This is dumb of course there will be malware aimed at vista, and thanks to symantec, there will exist a method for bypassing patch guard. while will leave it vulnerable. Utterly dumb and stupid, but it's not like they'd predict none, how would they ever make money without this level of propoganda

Kaspersky are prophets - didn't you know. These anti-virus writers were also given a divine gift!

Anyway... I used to like Kaspersky... Not now.

Quote - mrmckeb said @ #4
Kaspersky are prophets - didn't you know. These anti-virus writers were also given a divine gift!

Anyway... I used to like Kaspersky... Not now.

what do ya use now ???

mrmckeb, they are obviously correct. When I read the title of the article, I went "no ****.". Yes they are stating the obvious. Yes there are people so stupid that they need to be told the obvious. Yes Kapersky is also trying to get attention. That's the logical thing to do, no? If you want to be all self righteous and stupid about it, that's your choice.

In my opinion, you're being retarded. I guess I should start boycotting you now.

He completely ignores the fact that patchguard isn't there to protect against hackers and viruses but rather against legitimate software who can't follow the rules against patchgin the kernel. thus symantec software that tries to mess witht he patchguard won't be vista certified and will be blcoked at every windows update.

Talking trash?!! Yeah, right!! This is such an obvious thing to predict, I can't believe a respectable company such as Kaspersky would waste their time saying it! Whether or not 90% is close to an accurate number is hardly relevant as it's only a matter of time before it is the correct number!!

Vista will be NO different than any other Winblows OS ever built when it comes to adware/spyware/anyware/everyware, etc........

Oh, and don't forget about having to be patched to death too!! Althought that's not bad in itself.

...people still say Winblows? Isn't that like saying M$? Didn't they expand Godwin's law to cover this sort of thing? It makes you look like an idiot, dude. Stop it already. That was dead in the 90s.

That was dead in the 90s.

sounds like corks grudge is from the 90s as well...

Vista will be NO different than any other Winblows OS ever built when it comes to adware/spyware/anyware/everyware, etc........

this is such ignorance I almost think you're kidding...

90 percent of current malware will run on Vista?! Yeah, right... Try to install malware on a fresh installed Vista and see if it works. Maybe 10% will work, but definitely not 90%.

They're talking trash again, just like many other companies (Symantec, for example).

Quote - Nexx295 said @ #1
90 percent of current malware will run on Vista?! Yeah, right... Try to install malware on a fresh installed Vista and see if it works. Maybe 10% will work, but definitely not 90%.

They're talking trash again, just like many other companies (Symantec, for example).

Ok, I'll make a more radical prediction then. I predict Vista will have WORSE security holes by severity than any previous Windows OS.

And I predict Vista won't have any security holes. Everybody knows this isn't possible.

My point is - Kaspersky and any other companies should concentrate on their products. Their software isn't the best either.

Quote - Nexx295 said @ #1.2
And I predict Vista won't have any security holes. Everybody knows this isn't possible.

My point is - Kaspersky and any other companies should concentrate on their products. Their software isn't the best either.

Total agreement. Although, Vista will of course, over time, accumulate a certain amount of security holes. Kaspersky speaks like they are a bunch of 6 year olds. What they are saying is the same thing of the Mac and Linux OS. What, some 3% use them, which is why they do not have a rapidly growing number of holes. But I'm happy with this, because that means OSX will be ahead of Windows in terms of security until it first establishes a healthy user base.

Computers will never be perfect. Ever. Why? Simple, the people who wrote security features obviously know what to do to hack it. So this chain will never change, but only grow more advanced.