Kernel Patch Protection Criteria Evaluation Document

    To facilitate Kernel Patch Protection development, Microsoft created a criteria evaluation document to help evaluate the types of APIs that will be developed and when they will be delivered.
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        Microsoft Corp. has been collaborating with the independent software vendor (ISV) and analyst communities to develop documented and supported methods by which third-party software can work alongside Kernel Patch Protection on 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows®. Starting with Windows Vista™ Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft will begin making these new APIs available so that security vendors can extend the functionality of the kernel on 64-bit systems without disabling or weakening the protection offered by Kernel Patch Protection.

        The goal of this important work is to deliver more comprehensive security while protecting the kernel from potentially destabilizing and unsupported access and modifications that can lead to a less reliable, less secure and less stable computing experience for customers. To facilitate development, Microsoft created a criteria evaluation document to help evaluate the types of APIs that will be developed and when they will be delivered. This criteria evaluation document, outlined below, will continue to evolve, as needs require, with input from ISVs, analysts and industry influentials.
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      Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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