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Windows 7 UAC Flaw Silently Elevates Malware Access

It’s clear that they are now aware of the problem and of the suggested solutions… Reply Nicholas says: February 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm Good reporting Long, very professional in the Last time I tried with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, the scanner unit of my PSC 1410 AIO didn't work at all. Here is interesting thing. I think the real question here is why *shouldn't* UAC protect itself, and that hasn't been answered here. http://smashyourweb.com/windows-7/windows-7-cannot-access-network-share.html

I tested their program (yes I downloaded the file and clicked on it) and to run the program you have to click "OK" and allow it access. government reportedly pays Geek Squad technicians to dig through your PC for files to give to... Any more questions? After sneaking thousands upon thousands of malware samples past Defender without detection, I can safely say that Windows Defender's ability to detect fresh real-world malware is distressingly low.

Peter Bright Peter is Technology Editor at Ars. IF someone is dumb enough to install a program that they are not familiar with. On the other hand, everyone has access to open source, and the bad guys would have more motivation than the good guys to find zero-day holes if the market were large In all reality, anyone who is better off with Linux probably already knows about it and how to get it.

But if I go and disable UAC at all – which is allowed without any prompt I immediately can go and run regedit.exe without any UAC Prompt. Casey | July 26, 2016 12:28 pm MORE Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system offers increased security, but it’s not perfect. When Vista came out the philosophy was defence in depth. The only way to protect yourself from malware on Win10 is to nuke the OS completely.

BTW, I don't use antivirus, not even in XP. "Again, kindly read my point, its not a Linux deficiency, if I make a xyz device and never tell Microsoft how they Recapping the discussion so far, we know that the recent feedback does not represent a security vulnerability because malicious software would already need to be running on the system. You get to buy the car, and its yours. I will close every application I had running, and the problem persists; I have to log out for sleep mode to work.

Performing the same set of actions in 7 shouldn't result in a worse outcome [than in Vista]. -- Aside from that I haven't actually met anyone who has complained about UAC… Still not my preference, but it beats the heck out of yours. But you have more to lose by not having an honest discussion. Reply Jaquez says: February 5, 2009 at 9:49 am Think of it like the security/ID badges you use at work.

You only have that problem with the default configuration. @Ooh: I agree with you. A Microsoft spokesman said: "We are not aware of anyone impacted by this issue at this time, but it has already been addressed in a later internal beta build." In the Certain applications which are digitally signed are fast-tracked through UAC by default to reduce the unnecessary user interaction. Of course, with rundll32 being whitelisted there’s no need for anything that complex.

On the other hand Internet Explorer has a huge attack vector and has been thus running in ‘Low IL' since Vista. http://smashyourweb.com/windows-7/not-able-to-access-shared-folder-in-windows-7.html This was noticed a last week by Long Zheng at I Started Something. For another real-world example, F-Secure's blog shows the clever ruse used by Conficker.B to get people to execute the infection when they think they're just opening Explorer to view the contents Learn more about this here.

I think -- unless they just don't care about fixing bugs -- they are too afraid that fixing a bug may cause another bug. Printers not accessible if UAC is on and Office app is run in elevated mode 11. In using Internet Explorer (other browsers have similar security steps as well) when attempting to browse to a .vbs file or .exe file, for example, the person will see the prompts his comment is here I encourage everyone to read that.

The correct fix, imo, would be to make sure that the first user created had the name "Administrator" and then you added your own users, such as "joe" and "jane". Reply Dugbug says: February 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm WHY do people find vista UAC annoying? It is really exciting to be part of such a passionate community!

Reply dugbug says: February 5, 2009 at 8:18 am I'm not sure you only have to protect the UAC level.

Why not take the same route with UAC and always ask about elevation when the elevation settings are changed? And it turns out many of these third-party executables are in turn able to invoke still more third-party code. btw, uac is in my opinion not a security feature because is can be circumvented even in highes mode without prompting. Also I would like to have special UAC mode in which it is allowed to do different not very harmful things like list running processes from All Users in Task Manager,

Aside from the locally installed apps on my internal drive (SSD), I have 168 portable programs, not including the PStart menu launcher. Again, the balance between usability and security comes under the spotlight. If people start using GNU/Linux and learn to do things themselves, service men will lose their jobs, better that not happen, better let the people be unaware of things, while let weblink The current setting pretty much renders UAC irrelevant, doesn't it?

This part of UAC is in full force when the “Notify me only when…” setting is used." Can you please elaborate. These two languages are still widely used by Microsoft and other developers. The fundamental risk with the above behavior is the fact that Windows is a platform that welcomes third-party code with open arms. when i first read that ms signed code can auto-elevate i immediately assumed, that only ms-code that is on a whitelist can elevate.

Reply RingbearerNZ says: February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm OMG! Is this part of future next-gen attacks? The new  vulnerability allows malware to run with elevated privileges, even when introduced by low-level unprivileged users. no admin privs.

At the end they only ever want a home version or a work version. HPE: We're 'opening floodgates' for Synergy orders... At that point you are pwned anyway. instead, they have blacklistet which is always death to security.

A newly found vulnerability lets attackers to circumvent the Windows User Account Controls (UAC) that typically block malware and other unwanted software. So, a new barrier should be running to prevent the installed malware to harm the computer. I simply dont understand how this is not painfully obvious.