No fixes available
AN INTERESTING YEAR — not in the good sense by any means — lies ahead of many. As more people are under financial pressure, crime is likely to soar and it already does, according to news reports. The BBC warns about the effects of the recession/depression on cybercrime.
With the economic downturn affecting every corner of the globe, it is perhaps no surprise that it is likely to affect hi-tech criminals over the next 12 months.
Now more than ever it is crucial to ensure that systems are highly secure. Break-in attempts will most likely rise, so defenses must too (or else).
As we mentioned back in October, Vista 7 [sic] was given to particular people with critical flaws in it. It was inherently hijack-capable (or hijack-ready) and there were no patches available to fix this. Here is a new short report about the very same problem, which relates to the latest build.
Leaked Windows 7 Beta Includes Free Security Holes
Turns out that it’s impossible to apply security updates to the bootleg version, including the recent “out of band” update for a seriously critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
It’s worth emphasising that Microsoft has said absolutely nothing about security improvements in Vista 7, despite the fact that Windows Vista is a security failure and all Microsoft can do is bother journalists over their exposure of this problem. Since Vista 7 is just Vista with a mild facelift, it will be as insecure as Vista. █
“Our products just aren’t engineered for security.”