Microsoft concedes to security ISVs; promises better access to Vista kernel

Microsoft defers to security ISV complaints; will improve access to Vista kernel.

After months of denying that it was building Windows Vista in a way that would lock out security products from third parties, Microsoft has cracked.

The company said Friday it will change Vista code to make it easier for independent software vendors (ISVs) to connect to Vista's core.

The PatchGuard feature that is designed to prevent hackers from attacking Vista's kernel will also prevent non-Microsoft products from functioning properly.

Microsoft has promised that users will able to disable that feature in order to use third-party software; last week it went further, promising additional application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide better access to the kernel.

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