Microsoft Windows Security Interview - Questions?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Scott-Sutton, Jul 29, 2006.

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  1. Scott-Sutton

    Scott-Sutton Guest

    Greetings Wilder Community

    First of all, I'd like to say that if this constitues as SPAM somewhat, a Moderator can lock and remove this at will, and inform myself of the reason - Which I'm confident you will as it stands! Either way, this is not intended as SPAM and I do contribute to the Community. I'm not a one post wonder! I have a website, which I won't post the URL of for reasons of SPAM and suchlike and, excusing the rather bare content just now,I have an interview with Jesper Johansson and Steve Riley, two of Microsoft's well-known Security Specialists. They haven't organised a date for interview but it'll be via Instant Messenger if anything. It's more than likely going to be a late-night interview for myself due to the time differences between the United Kingdom and the USA but I'd like to ask if anyone would like to ask a specific question which I could pass onto them? Do you have a question? I'll be talking about various topics, including Rootkit Malware, current trends in Security, their thoughts on Security for the future and of course I'll ask them their thoughts on the Security enhancements in Microsoft Windows Vista and exactly what role they played within development.

    Regards,

    Scott Sutton
     
  2. nadirah

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    BTW, how do you even manage to interview 2 Microsoft employees via Instant Messaging!? You have their addresses is it? Feel free to post your site here, this isn't spam.
    Some questions I want to know more about:
    How will Windows Genuine Advantage be implemented in Windows Vista? :rolleyes::D
    Why did Microsoft take so long to come up with security and feature enhancements in Internet Explorer when other rival internet browsers had already done so?
    Will Windows Vista be able to protect against like say, malware(any type), that attempts to disguise itself by using the same names as some system files in Windows.
    Will Windows Vista be able to support and run on Intel's Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-threading technology and the more recent dual-core Pentium D processors?
    Will Internet Explorer 7 still be integrated within Windows or will it be a standalone product as this may impact the browser's security model.

    Feature enhancements
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    Internet Explorer 7.
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    Rating system for different types of sites that users visit, and the browser will display information about different sites, what the site is about and what it may do, does the site have any malicious objects, anything that may compromise a computer's security or the user's privacy etc. Microsoft can come up with this nice feature and name it: Internet Explorer Site Advisor.
    Abolish the zonal system in IE 7 while still retaining some useful security features and implement a totally different security system in the 7th version of IE.
    Abolish the current cookie management system, simplify the Interface language and just implement a blacklist/whitelist system for cookies.
    Implement another feature and name it: Javascript Management Console.
    This console will allow users to decide which sites are allowed to use javascript, which should be blocked, which site can be allowed for 1 browsing session only, allow Javascript for all sites or to disable javascript completely.

    Security enhancements
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    Windows Vista.
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    Implement heuristics into Windows Defender and make Windows Defender a feature of Windows Vista.
    Examine which new features and functions in Windows Vista can pose a security threat/ or have the potential to be exploited in the near future and Microsoft should take steps to lock-down or disable these features by default in Windows Vista and provide information to all users about why Windows has disabled some features, and at the same time leave it to consumers to decide whether to enable those features if needed.
     
  3. TairikuOkami

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    About Windows Firewal, is it going to be real firewall in Vista or will it still be like router, blocking only inbound, not even filtering aplications (port can not be open for just for one aplication).
     
  4. dog

    dog Guest

    It'll have a bi-directional function ... but outbound protection will be disabled by default.

    Here's a M$ Article from January (While dated it provides some good info) - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0106.mspx
     
  5. TairikuOkami

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    Thanks for link.
     
  6. Scott-Sutton

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    Greetings All,

    Thank you for your questions, I haven't been able to talk to either Steve nor Jesper today but I'll allow other peoples to enter their questions until Wednesday before I approach them with the questions. What I'll do is pick the best 10 questions from this thread I think will be useful to all the users of this Community and submit them to Steve and Jesper myself in addition to the questions I'm considering asking myself. I'm glad to see that there's enthusiasm with Windows Vista and personally I think that it's going to be an excellent Operating System although I myself will more than likely Dual Boot with Windows XP Professional. I may consider asking about pricing for Windows Vista but I'm sure that they will be under NDA for details such as that, I may even see if I can obtain a retail license upon release for an exclusive review but we'll have to wait and see. One again, Wednesdays is the deadline for questions. In answer to Nadirah's question, I'll have both employees in a three way conversation via Windows Live Messenger and I may take screenshots for all to see. My website is currently experiencing issues with my Hosting Service and therefore it's currently unavailable, therefore my Blog is currently available at http://scott-sutton.spaces.msn.com/. Comments welcome.

    Regards,

    Scott Sutton
     
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