By Nick Farrell
04 December 2006
USERS HOPING for pirated copies of Vole's latest operating system Vista
might find themselves downloading some heavy duty malware.
In an interview with APC Magazine, a Volish technology specialist John
Pritchard said that the installation process and the ease with which
administrators can pre-install software into a Vista install DVD could
be to blame.
Pritchard said that pirated copies of Vista could easily come with
Vistas installation process does not use an 'installer' and the install
DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets
decompressed onto a PC. Pritchard said that the DVDs installs a Windows
Imaging (.WIM) file, which is basically the operating system folders
wrapped up in an image file.
While users might think they are doing an install, what they are
actually doing is grabbing the install.wim and executing that as an
upgrade or clean install. Pritchard admitted that this meant that there
was a bigger risk for malware to be injected into pirated Vista install
The only way around this is to not have pirated DVDs and to know where
you got your disk from, he said.
The pirates could easily have installed malware into the install files
of Windows XP, but they didn't.
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