New Windows Versions
Both Windows ME and Windows 2000 contain features and components helpful for diagnosing and preventing malicious mobile code. This section of the chapter will cover only the new features related to malicious mobile code security.
Windows Millennium Edition was released on September 14, 2000, as the last version of the 9x platform. It is designed for home users, and isn’t as reliable or secure as Windows NT. Containing a slew of new multimedia enhancements, it sports a user desktop and TCP/IP stack borrowed from Windows 2000.
feature backs up
important system files every 10 hours, by default, and can be used to
restore earlier system states in the event of system corruption. It
attempts to replace damaged system and program files without
overwriting user data and personal settings. It compresses and stores
files changed in the
Program Files folders for later restoration
Restore) can be used to automate recovery from
many malicious code attacks, instead of the manual methods we rely on
in the older versions.
For good or bad, Microsoft removed the ability to boot to MS-DOS from the Startup menu. Fortunately, the Windows ME startup disk will allow a boot to DOS when such access is needed.
System file protection
Windows ME and 2000 have new mechanisms that although not built specifically to defeat malicious mobile ...