Experts find weak spots in Vista

(MCT) – Microsoft put much of what it learned about PC security into its Windows Vista operating system. But even with new anti-phishing, anti-malware and anti-hack filters, the team at eEye Digital Security in Aliso Viejo, Calif., has managed to discover a few Vista weaknesses.

Marc Maiffret, eEye’s co-founder and chief hacking officer, and Derek Soeder, senior software engineer, stopped by the Register to demonstrate how security flaws can open a Windows Vista PC to attackers. eEye is known for finding software flaws and then working with the software company to fix them. Watch the video at

And they offer some tips:

  • Run Windows Update religiously to make sure you have the latest patches (fixes) to Windows flaws.
  • Keep all software — Adobe, iTunes, Firefox, etc. — up to date because Microsoft isn’t the only software company prone to attacks.
  • Install an anti-virus/anti-spyware security program to catch new problems.

eEye combined anti-virus, anti-spyware and all the PC security software into one product called Blink. They offer a free version to consumers, at