Microsoft issues tool to help developers cope with Vista security

Microsoft has issued a Windows Vista tool to developers that will help them make sure their software does not clash with security features built into the OS.

Microsoft has issued a Windows Vista tool to developers that will help them make sure their software does not clash with security features built into the OS.

The Standard User Analyser tool helps developers write programs that will work with Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) feature, which enables a PC to run with fewer user privileges to help improve security.

During its own early Vista testing, Microsoft found that half of the test programs it ran with Vista could not cope with the UAC feature.

The company therefore wants to make sure the stumbling blocks are removed when the OS starts shipping to large companies this November.

Running Vista with fewer privileges could improve the security of Windows. Malicious code that finds its way onto a PC running in the administrator mode can usually do more damage to the system.

Administrator mode is the typical setting used by existing Windows XP users, unless it’s changed by IT departments.

Microsoft's Standard User Analyser is available on Microsoft's Download Center website.

 

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