Virus Follies Continue in Next Generation of Windows “Vista”

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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, wonderful deviants are already planning some fun targeting Vista’s potentially vulnerable new shell…

First potential virus risk for Windows Vista found

Published: August 4, 2005, 6:34 PM PDT
Last modified: August 5, 2005, 7:35 AM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET

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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