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Hardened XP config available

If you have the time and money to implement...

     
3:35 am on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has teamed with the US government to refine a locked-down, more secure configuration of Windows XP.

Originally developed by the US Air Force in cooperation with Microsoft, the special XP set-up uses hardened Group Policy Objects (a technology in Microsoft's Active Directory) and images, which the Air Force used as the standard OS image for its desktop Windows machines.

As reported at The Register.

[theregister.co.uk...]

4:22 am on May 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Apparently they use Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) [nvd.nist.gov]. They have versions for XP and Vista available.

According to Microsoft's rebuttal in the blog linked to in the article there isn't a special version of Windows for the Air Force. MS just helped them setting their security policy.