McAfee Blasts Microsoft

BetaNews, as well as several others sources, are reporting today about the ad that McAfee has taken out in order to rip Microsoft a new one.

McAfee took a full-page advertisement in Monday’s Financial Times to level charges that Microsoft is locking security companies out of the Vista kernel in an attempt to “hamstring” them.

McAfee also said computer users know that serious flaws in security exist because of weaknesses within Windows itself. “Microsoft is being completely unrealistic if, by locking security companies out of the kernel (core), it thinks hackers won’t crack Vista’s kernel. In fact, they already have.”

I’m not much of a programmer, if any at all, but I do take a stab at modifying code every once in a while. One thing I’m definitely not, is a kernel programmer, so I may be completely off base with my remarks, but I don’t think so. By securing the kernel in this fashion, I have to believe that the OS will be inherently more secure. Sure, I have no doubts that at some point, someone will crack it, but I really feel that this would stop 90% or better of kernel attacks.

I really don’t feel like Microsoft is trying to push Symantec, McAfee, or any other security vendors out with this move. I really think that it’s solely a security-minded move so that their product can be more secure and require less patching. I know, I know – what about that last 10%, you ask? Enter the Malicious Software Removal Tool. With the introduction of Vista, I think that these sort of threats – when and if they crop up, will be addressed with this tool. I’ve seen the tool installing and updating itself on Windows XP machines for a while, but recently had to search it out and use it in standalone mode and it worked like a charm.

So, McAfee… Symantec… please sit down, shutup, and work on your new business model. Like it or not, Windows Vista is going to change how the security and malware industry works.