Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jan 2006 18:46 UTC, submitted by zanek
Windows "As every network manager knows, you should never run your computer as administrator, especially if it has access to the Internet. Malware often depends on admin rights to disable firewalls, delete registry entries and download or create files. Without those rights, malicious code must find another path to your destruction. That bit of insight led Microsoft Security Engineering's Michael Howard to create DropMyRights [.msi] for Windows XP and up. Once DMR is added to a web application's shortcut, the app starts with Normal User Rights instead of Admin rights. Users get the freedom of movement they've always enjoyed, with a little extra protection." In related news, there's now another unofficial patch for the WMF flaw.
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typo...
by Anonymous. on Thu 5th Jan 2006 19:40 UTC
Anonymous.
Member since:
2005-12-04

WNF flaw?
also, wouldn't it be better to run as a normal user by default and then switch to a admin rights when necessary (asking for a password, of course) instead of doing it the other way around?

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Flaw of the year...
by Dr-ROX on Thu 5th Jan 2006 21:00 UTC
Dr-ROX
Member since:
2006-01-03

This seems to pretend to the flaw of the year competition...

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the Microsoft Patch is now on windowsupdate
by anyweb on Thu 5th Jan 2006 21:10 UTC
anyweb
Member since:
2005-07-06

so get updating, choose EXPRESS and reboot when asked.

more info here

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-001.mspx

and

http://www.windowsupdate.com


cheers
anyweb

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