MSH is pulled from Windows Vista

By Derek Sooman on August 8, 2005, 9:59 AM
Another piece of technology promised for Longhorn (now Windows Vista) has bit the dust. Monad, or MSH, joins the ranks of such other technologies as WinFS in that it has been pulled from Vista and shelved until a later time. However, it appears that there are legitimate reasons for this, since it has been feared that a virus writer had created the first "Vista viruses" by targeting MSH.

MSH was originally scheduled to be ship with Windows Vista but it is now more likely that MSH's first public release will be as part of the next edition of Microsoft Exchange, due sometime in the second half of 2006. "Monad will not be included in the final version of Windows Vista," said Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in a posting to Microsoft's Security Response Centre's blog. "Monad is being considered for the Windows Operating system platform for the next three to five years. So these potential viruses do not affect Windows Vista or any other version of Windows if 'Monad' has not been installed on the system."

"The viruses do not attempt to exploit a software vulnerability and do not encompass a new method of attack," he added.

The move would seemingly follow the disclosure of five proof of concept viruses, called Danom. These infect other Monad scripts, although there is also a cross infector for .MSH, .BAT and .CMD files.

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Phantasm66 said:
This was one of the main things Vista had going for it to compete with Mac OS X. This is disappointing.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
ndowsnet/wnet_120704.mspx]MS Technet chat from Dec '04[/url] tells a different story:[quote]Q: Will MSH V1.0 be done before Longhorn?A: Monad will ship as a feature of Exchange 12 in 2H06 (target).Monad will ship in Windows after that. Release vehicle is undefined. Monad will support WS03 SP1, XP SP2, Longhorn.[/quote]So, at least back then they had decided that it would be a feature of Exchange Server 12, although I'm not sure what they mean with "release vehicle".
Julio said:
It appears to be Microsoft is now aiming at a more conservative target than it was previously planned. I would say similar to the one seen from Windows 2000 to XP, that is, more of the same but improved and solid, with changes taking place in a more evolutionary than revolutionary pace.
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