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Windows 7: Windows 7 and Mac OS X 'Badly Designed from a Security

03 May 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Windows 7 and Mac OS X 'Badly Designed from a Security

One security researcher turned operating-system developer is claiming that Windows 7 and Mac OS X are insecure by design, while proposing her own platform as a model for the bulletproof desktop OS. While swapping rootkit research for the Qubes project, Joanna Rutkowska, founder and CEO of Invisible Things Lab, announced some changes to the company she founded, namely the shift in focus away from security research and onto designing systems that were immune to rootkit by design. Taking a swing at both Windows 7 and Mac OS X, Rutkowska indicates that it makes no sense to continue hacking the two operating systems.

“Don't expect to see any research on how to e.g. compromise Windows 7 or Mac kernel or break out of their primitive sandboxes -- these systems are so badly designed from a security standpoint, that coming up with yet another attack against them makes little sense from a scientific point of view,” she notes. At the same time, Rutkowska doesn’t rule out security research altogether, but notes that Invisible Things Lab will build attacks “against VT-d, or some CPU exploit, or a Xen exploit.”

In the first half of April 2010, Rutkowska announced the first Alpha development milestone of Qubes OS, a new open source operating system developed by Invisible Things Lab in the past half a year, by implementing the Security by Isolation approach. “Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing. Qubes is based on Xen, X Window System, and Linux, and can run most Linux applications and utilize most of the Linux drivers. In the future it might also run Windows apps,” the official description of the product reads.
Windows 7 and Mac OS X 'Badly Designed from a Security Standpoint' - Claims security researcher - Softpedia

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04 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 (x64)

Ah, yes.... A Security research company who has decided to make their own OS is taking a shot at Windows and OSX from a security standpoint. Yet " the future it might also run windows apps..."

Gee. Thanks.

More seriously - It would absolutely be an improvement to make the current defacto standard OS's more resistant to boot/root attacks. Pretty sure everyone can agree on that.
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04 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 7100 build

Lets just make all of our computers secure and pull the internet plug and then we will all be safe!!!
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04 May 2010   #4

Linux (Debian, Android)

one of the main reasons windows 7 is not as secure as it can be is because of app compatibility.. Some antiquated applications that businesses still use will not work with data execution prevention (dep)
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