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Authentium Asks Microsoft To Approve Vista Kernel Trick

A security company that made headlines last week when it announced an end-run around the kernel security in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista said Monday it was in talks with Microsoft, and hoped the software giant would license its technology.

"We're focusing on a positive outcome," said John Sharp, the chief executive of Authentium. "One would be for Microsoft to certify our technology. Another would be for Microsoft to produce an API [Application Programming Interface] that would allow access to the kernel."

Sharp's comments Monday were a departure from published accounts last week that spelled out Authentium's method of injecting code into the kernel of Windows Vista, and follow-on reports claiming that Microsoft was furious at the approach.

"We momentarily turn off PatchGuard, install our code, then we turn [PatchGuard] back on, all in under a millisecond," acknowledged Sharp. "Yes, there were reports of Microsoft [being angry], but they're actually intrigued by what we're doing." Sharp denied that Microsoft had aimed any negative comments its way.

"We've not had a single direct conversation about anything other than engineering-based [topics], and how we work with PatchGuard. From our stand point, it's all been a very intelligent dialog," Sharp said.

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