View Full Version : Microsoft to hackers: Take your best shot

Capt. Picard
08-04-06, 03:04 AM

Come on people now's your chance.

Microsoft to hackers: Take your best shot

Microsoft has been accused of not putting enough resources into shoring up its products.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.

Microsoft made a test version of Vista available to about 3,000 security professionals Thursday as it detailed the steps it has taken to fortify the product against attacks that can compromise bank account numbers and other sensitive information.

08-04-06, 03:42 AM

wonder if anyone will find any major exploits

08-04-06, 02:36 PM
There isn't a doubt in my mind.

Good idea. The problem is, how many times will they have it tested by the professionals? Say the pros find 100 security issues the first time around, and Microsoft fixes them. Next time how many issues would they find? Microsoft tends to fix one thing and break another if you know what I mean..

08-04-06, 02:59 PM
Blackhat "Hackers": Congratulations Microsoft, we could find no critical security issues with your product, inclusive of the new TCP/IP stack.
Vista Release Day: 12,000 PoC exploits released. 11,000 functional exploits. 38,000 variants.

08-04-06, 04:17 PM
Good point. lol

08-04-06, 04:19 PM
The reality of the situation is this is nothing more than a PR move by Microsoft; notice the media exposure. This is a "Look, this is the most secure version of Windows ever, we invited all the shady hackers around and they even said so".

08-04-06, 04:50 PM
I remember what happened last time they said that. Windows XP. It turned out it was the least secure version of Windows ever. Fortunately that has changed for the better since SP2 rolled out.

08-04-06, 05:10 PM
"God himself could not sink this ship!"

"Bring it on!"

"Microsoft now requires [engineers] to first consider how code might be misused.

08-04-06, 06:39 PM
When it ships with all the fixes and security stuff gained from this, the end user prolly wont be able to connect to internet at all.