I’ve been pretty tough on Mac OS X lately, so it is only fair that I write about a gaping hole in Vista’s kernel. The flaw is in Vista’s networking api, but can cause a buffer overrun and corrupt the kernel’s memory leading to a blue screen of death, code injection or installation of a rootkit. None of it is very pleasant. This flaw is particularly nasty in that it affects both the 32 and 64 bit versions of Vista. It is Vista specific and, for once, XP is not vulnerable. Worse, the fix is not expected until THE NEXT SERVICE PACK! C’mon, Microsoft…you should fix any and every vulnerability much quicker than that-unless the SP is being released next month, which I highly doubt.
So, there, fair and balanced.