Microsoft published a new whitepaper, Microsoft Windows Vista Security Advancements, that details many of Windows Vista´s new security features and architectural enhancements, some of which could go a long way towards easing security administration and software development.
To help ease development, Vista´s new logon architecture brings greater flexibility that surpasses many of the limitations of the Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) interface found in previous Windows platforms. A major limitation of the GINA is that only one instance could be used at a time, which presented significant hurdles for companies that wanted to allow users to select from a variety of different credential types for authentication. The new logon architecture can simultaneously interact with multiple credential providers.
An improved smart card architecture will also be included with backend support typically required for smart card functionality, such as a common cryptographic service provider that formerly might have been developed by individual smart card vendors. The smart card architecture also includes third-party smart card communication modules to ease smart card deployment.Read Full Story