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Security issues in windows XP


Post by Jawad Ahmad Riaz

Most of the software released by the Microsoft are criticized mainly because of the security flaws inherit in them. The company is also held responsible for installation bugs which has caused immense loss to million of dollars worldwide. The most recurring problem with all of the Microsoft’s products contained a series of unconcealed bugs. It is such a small problem that could have been caught earlier while testing the software. However besides all the criticism Microsoft accounts for 90% of total software market.

Security Features of XP

XP offers separate security features both for business edition and for home edition dependent upon their requirements. The security features that are part and parcel of XP are Remote assistance, remote desktop connection, service user’s context, internet connection firewall, file and settings transfer Wizard, local security policy, crypto settings and many more. The company provided all these security features with every new XP product line. This was the reason why Microsoft was able to sell almost 32 million copies of XP. This boost in business also created criticism and rivalry about this product. Therefore Microsoft had to bear intense criticism and security threats regarding XP.

Biggest Threat At that time

However Windows XP was a success but it faced wide scale criticism due to its weak security features. The businesses find it highly vulnerable against viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Therefore the biggest threat at time was that the businesses as well as home users would lose their confidential and crucial data. Windows XP home edition gave no support to local security policies. Moreover it also denied the access to the group service and local system users. On identifying security weaknesses embedded in XP Microsoft was at risk of losing customers and it also became a threat for their business. Thus the company also claimed with a valid reason that the responsibility of secure system is also dependent on the administrators. It is the duty of the administrators to install security patches before the users log in. Thus reporting the security issues too early can also allure lots of hackers with it. More over Microsoft also tried to resolve the security problems in xp with the issuance of new versions and addition to the early XP versions. Besides all these problems the Malware and spy ware were the most reported security problems with the XP.


Some Important Steps

When Microsoft felt the fear of losing its customers it introduced many solutions to its problems. For example in order to make the working of XP more practical the company introduced automatic security patches and systems locked down for administrators. This did not resolve the problem entirely. However this step was taken to protect the goodwill of the company. Windows XP no doubt have some exceptional features like UPnP.  Therefore it was the success and growth of the XP market that more and more hackers attacked it.  Once again this facility of UPnP did not come with out bearing the risk of the virus and bugs. When ever you install Windows XP though you do not want to use the UPnP (that is user Plug and Play), the service is automatically turned on which instigates a bug. This bug is considered so dangerous that it is believed if it attacks your PC; it can ruin the working of the entire system. However Microsoft’s management and XP’s developers have rejected this claim and are adamant that XP went through various trials before it was launched in market. However the users of XP faced problems with this product. All in all XP is a stable operating system but it comes with some security risks.





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