Virus Follies Continue in Next Generation of Windows “Vista”
“Oh goodie! Drinks are on me at happy hour tonight!” “Everyone will see a large Christmas bonus this year!” These are just some of the probable comments heard from the head honchos at Symantec. The future of Norton AntiVirus looks bright.
According to a recent story by News.com, wonderful deviants are already planning some fun targeting Vista’s potentially vulnerable new shell…
First potential virus risk for Windows Vista found
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
update Virus writers are targeting a new Microsoft tool that will be part of Windows and is set to ship as part of the next Exchange e-mail server release.
A virus writer has published the first examples of malicious code that targets Microsoft’s upcoming command-line shell, code-named Monad, according to Finnish antivirus maker F-Secure. If the technology is included in Windows Vista, these could be one of the first viruses to target the new operating system formerly known as Longhorn, F-Secure said Thursday.
Monad, also known as MSH, is the replacement for the simple command shell in the current versions of Windows. A shell, also called a command line interface, allows a user to give a computer textual commands either from a keyboard or from a script. Monad has much more functionality, similar to shells in competing products such as Bash in Unix. However, by adding the ability to run more-complex scripts, Microsoft could possibly open another door to attackers.
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