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Old 12-27-2006, 03:34 AM   #1
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Default Just how secure is Windows Vista?

Not too secure. There are tons of cracks and exploits for it already. Here's just one example of Vista activation:

Windows Vista Activation Cracked Yet Again:


Another day, another Vista activation crack


It was just a week ago that Microsoft's Jim Allchin was talking about Windows Vista security and how the operating system would fend off attacks from malicious code and hackers. Allchin made no mention, however, of the recent successful attempts at cracking Windows Vista's activation scheme.

Earlier this month, pirates found a way to spoof Microsoft's Key Management Service (KMS) server using a VMware image. The software hack allowed pirates to run copies of Windows Vista Business and Enterprise for up to 180 days.

The folks over at Engadget have come across another exploit that allows users to permanently activate Windows Vista using crack files and some registry trickery. The TimeStop Vista cracks only works on 32-bit versions of Windows Vista, so those looking to crack 64-bit versions of the operating system may be out of luck.

The crack effectively stops the countdown times to mandatory Vista activation and freezes the countdown timer at 43,200 minutes (30 days). The countdown timer will not reduce any lower than 30 days.

The makers of the crack note at the bottom of their "instruction manual" that "This article is for educational and informational purpose only." Microsoft likely isn't taking too kindly to this latest activation breach and likely already has a team working to patch up the exploit.

Despite Microsoft’s best efforts to shut down this latest exploit, it does leave us wondering just how secure this new operating system if it can be poked at and prodded this early after release.

http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5470
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:39 AM   #2
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eh that figures, theres always going to be ways around security, where theres a will theres a way...
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Just how secure is Windows Vista?

doesn't surprise me one bit! Microsoft claims it's the most secure version of windows ever, hackers try to prove otherwise.
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Default Re: Just how secure is Windows Vista?

haha the general rule of thumb is, for every one person trying to make it secure, there are 2 people trying to hack it.

Just some computer folklore... Don't know if those stats are completely accurate...
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haha the general rule of thumb is, for every one person trying to make it secure, there are 2 people trying to hack it.

Just some computer folklore... Don't know if those stats are completely accurate...
or then the crackers are just 5 times better than the people working at microsoft.
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or then the crackers are just 5 times better than the people working at microsoft.
Most likely lol
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Default Re: Just how secure is Windows Vista?

mac os x is still much more secure....
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:17 PM   #8
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Default Re: Just how secure is Windows Vista?

Thats like saying,How secure is XP,Gee i dont even use that because i dont like the os .
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Default Re: Just how secure is Windows Vista?

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so those looking to crack 64-bit versions of the operating system may be out of luck.
So I take it they are saying that the 64bit version is more secure? How can the 2 version vary in the security department?
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