Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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antitrust, security

microsoft, trend micro

Once Again, Security Company Suggests Microsoft Making Its Own Software Secure Is An Antitrust Violation

from the rock-and-a-hard-place dept

For many years, we've pointed out that Microsoft is in a bit of a rock and a hard place when it comes to security software. The company more or less created an entire outside industry in having its software be so incredibly insecure that various other firms had to step up to secure it. But, that puts Microsoft in a really tough position. Does it fix its own security flaws... or is doing so a way to abuse its market position to put the security firms out of business? It's hard to see how that latter position makes much sense to anyone other than those who work for the security companies, but they continue to make those claims. The latest is from Trend Micro, who is complaining that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antitrust violation. The article linked here notes that this is even more ridiculous than you might expect, in that MSE is an optional download. Either way, it seems like a pretty huge stretch to claim that fixing your own security holes could possibly be an antitrust violation. The real problem may be that Trend Micro jumped into a business that relied on another company continuing to suck.

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    MikeLinPA (profile), 13 Nov 2010 @ 2:59pm

    Re: M$ inherently has inside info that gives it unfair advantage.

    I agree with you.

    M$ shouldn't be making security software. They should make secure software.

    I am not talking about the idiots that will click on anything, either. I am talking about the drive-by downloads that still happen in IE8, (That was supposed to stop being possible in IE7,) and the fake AV that invaded a Vista computer though M$ Outlook. XP was supposedly the safe OS. Then Vista was supposedly the Security First software. I haven't heard any nightmare stories on Win7, yet... (Except the nightmare of trying to administer it. I can't make heads or tails out of Vista or 7. Yuck! No fun at all!)

    I asked this question almost a decade ago. Win2K had some security flaws. Supposedly, XP was more secure, but it was like 7 times the size. Then Vista came out and it was like 9 times the size of that. Now Windows 7 is still bigger, (but not quite as drastically, I don't think.) My question is this:

    If a million lines of code has a thousand potential exploits in it, how can 7 million lines of code have less?

    More code cannot give you less potential exploits. It isn't logical. It is way past time to de-bloat the OS.

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