MICROSOFT IS OFFERING developers a way of proactively helping the fight against malware from within their own apps.
Antimalware Scan Interface is a way for developers to incorporate any anti-malware measures installed on a machine to detect malicious code in the program through alteration or user input.
Microsoft has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to help developers avoid the spread of malware in the Windows ecosystem, offering a proportionately limited response with the rise of the internet.
Lee Holmes, a principal software engineer at Microsoft, said: “Malicious software that uses obfuscation and evasion techniques on Windows’ built-in scripting hosts will automatically be inspected at a much deeper level than ever before, providing additional levels of protection.”
The system is live now in the Windows 10 Preview, and will appear in Windows 10 when it arrives on 29 July.
The service makes calls to anti-malware apps allowing file, memory and stream scans, content source URL/IP reputation checks and a number of other options.
The technique is universal and can be used to do anything from scanning instant messages to detecting a malicious warez version of the program.
Microsoft describes the service as being for "app developers who want to make requests to anti-malware products from within their apps" and "third-party creators of anti-malware products who want their products to offer the best features to apps".
So that's just about everyone, then. As for Windows 10 users, there is nothing to do but sit back and reap the benefits of a more secure system.
Windows 10 already includes Windows Hello for biometric identification and support for the FIDO two-step standard.µ
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