Chapter 7. Security

Over a relatively short period of time, the attitude toward software security has changed dramatically, both from the developer perspective, as well as from the user perspective. Years ago, computers were mostly disconnected devices, and offline media, mostly floppy disks, was the main source of computer security problems. The big problem at that time was represented by viruses. Today, almost every computer security problem is remotely exploitable because of the high connectivity rate.

Older operating systems, such as Windows 95, provided no support for securing objects stored on the local computer. The advent of the Windows NT code base in consumer markets made a secure C2-compliant kernel available to consumers. Today, the ...

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