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Security flaw hits Microsoft Vista

And so it goes
Wed Dec 27 2006, 15:15
VOLISH SECURITY boffins did not have much of a Christmas break after the first security flaw was discovered in Microsoft's new operating system Vista.

According to ZD Net, it had been intended that Vista would be tough on security and tough on the causes of security, but alas it only took four weeks for independent third parties to find a hole.

To be fair to Vole it is not much of a security flaw. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with Finnish security company F-Secure said that the hole means that a user with standard system privileges can gain wider access to system tools and settings without the approval of a network administrator.

Attackers would need to already have access to the system to take advantage of it and while this is annoying it does not mean a hacker is going to release a serious number of worms to take advantage of it.

However the flaw is symbolic, given that Microsoft did promise us that Vista was going to be more secure than Windows XP.

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