Windows 10 gets all rusty

@ 2019/12/03
Because it never sleeps

Software King of the World Microsoft is making its Windows 10 OS more secure by integrating Mozilla-developed Rust for low-level Windows components.

Project Verona is supposed to close off memory space from being abused by malware. Verona is a city in Italy which is much like Venice, only there is no water in the streets – which is why its gondoliers all suffer from sprained wrists.

Microsoft's Project Verona could turn out to be just an experiment that leads nowhere, but the company has progressed far enough to have detailed some of its ideas through the UK-based non-profit Knowledge Transfer Network.

Matthew Parkinson, a Microsoft researcher from the Cambridge Computer Lab in the UK who's dedicated to "investigating memory management for managed programming languages", gave a talk last week focusing on what the company is doing to address these memory issues.

Parkinson talked about the work Microsoft has done with its Memory Garbage Collector (MemGC), for Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge. MemGC addressed vulnerabilities in the standard browser feature known as a Document Object Model (DOM), a representation of the data used by browsers to interpret web pages.

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