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[News] [Rival] Vista7/IE8 Encryption is Dangerously Broken

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A couple things I forgot to mention about IE 8, no strong encryption for you.

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| It seems that in an effort to hawk Vista, 2008, and 7 off as “more secure”, 
| Microsoft bumped Internet Explorer up to support for 256-bit AES encryption…
| sites like Newegg and most banks now support logging in with this and it 
| should be pretty much impossible to crack (barring some horrible 
| vulnerability discovered in it obviously).    
| But Microsoft is still refusing to upgrade the cryptography engine of IE 8 
| for XP/2003 and users of these systems are stuck with the older 128-bit 
| encryption.  
| The problem with this of course is that computing power has increased a lot 
| since 2001 and even such novel things as using GPU (graphics processing 
| units) to run extremely complex calculations is now possible. Obviously 
| 128-bit is starting to seem a little weak.   



Symantec antivirus makes encrypted files inaccessible on Vista

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| Microsoft is plugging the Encrypted File System (EFS) feature on
| Vista for mobile users as an important security enhancement. It's
| potentially a good thing too, in case your notebook gets stolen,
| but it's something of a nightmare scenario if popular antivirus
| programs like Symantec don't play nicely with it.


Vista encryption 'no threat' to computer forensics

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| "We're seeing the same concerns with Vista as we saw with XP over the
| idea that built-in encryption features might frustrate law
| enforcement efforts. In practice XP has not proved to be a problem
| for computer forensics and we don't think Vista will be either,"
| said Bill Thompson, director of professional development and
| training at Guidance Software.

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