The feature is the Windows Security Center (Figure 1), which displays the status of the key elements of your defenses: firewall, updates and anti-virus. If your firewall has been disabled, or your anti-virus is out of date, that news will display here. The information is stored in an internal database managed by the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) subsystem built into Windows.
Based on an anonymous tip, PC Magazine looked into the WMI and the Windows Security Centers use of it, and found that it may not only be a security hole, but a crater.
eWEEK.com Editors Note: See Microsofts response to this story