Bad news for those concerned about Windows security: At the Black Hat security conference last week, hacker managed to crack into the system — and this before it’s even released.
Windows Vista is in beta, of course, so one might argue that cracking a beta system is no big deal. But, in fact, it is. Microsoft has spent a great deal of work hardening security in Vista. That it’s already cracked is worrisome.
Will Vista be more secure than XP? Certainly. But it looks as if it won’t be as secure as Microsoft had hoped.
Keep in mind, of course, that new operating systems may tend to have more exposed holes than older ones, simply because they haven’t been attacked as much, and therefore not patched as much. But wasn’t the whole point of Vista security that it wouldn’t be subject to this kind of thing?
I expect that soon after Vista ships, we’ll see a slew of security patches. Even out the door, it will be safer than XP. And over time, I expect it to be much more secure, although it may be a painful process to get there.