A day after Google unveiled its ambitions to launch its ownoperating system to challenge Microsoft and some in the security industry havereacted by sounding a note of caution.
Google is developing its Chrome OS with the ambition ofmaking it secure from the start with ambitious plans to make it less vulnerableto attacks.
“We are going back to basics and completely redeisnging theunderlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to dealwith virusesm malware and security updates,” said Google.
But as Microsoft has found out if an OS becomes popularenough the cyber criminals will invest the effort to crack a system.
“Google’s intention to redesignthe underlying security architecture of the Operating System is commendable,however all software issusceptible to issues," said Carl Leonard, Security Research Manager forEMEA at Websense.
"It just depends on how much effort the malware authorwants to go to and how much profit can be made,” he added.
Leonard said that malware authorswould be looking for flaws to exploit from the start and that could underminethe best intentions of the search engine giant.
“It’s a great philosophy todesign an OS for today’s environments, but will Google deliver? And when wewill see the first attack against Chrome OS? We’ll be keeping a close eye onthings to be ready to protect our customers,” he added.