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Windows 7 UAC "flaw" sacrifices security for usability
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 02 February 2009 13:20

When Microsoft launched Windows Vista, it also introduced a new User Account Control (UAC) feature, one that was supposed to safeguard users against malware by prompting them for permission before allowing applications to proceed.

by Jose Vilches on February 2, 2009, 10:14 AM

However, many have found it intrusive and annoying. In Windows 7, UAC is still there but Microsoft has toned down the default security setting to make it more palatable, in the sense that it no longer bugs you when you perform routine tasks or even when users change Windows settings.

But in making these changes Microsoft may have inadvertently introduced a gaping security hole. Since the default UAC setting is now to alert users only when a third-part program tries to make changes to a PC and not when the actual user makes changes, then using only keystroke commands issued by a malware program, the technology can be deactivated without the user ever knowing that their system's been compromised. [Comments....]


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