Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Jan 2009 10:45 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Yesterday, we reported on the security flaw in Windows 7's UAC slider dialog, and today, Microsoft has given a response to the situation, but it doesn't seem like the company intends to fix it. "This is not a vulnerability. The intent of the default configuration of UAC is that users don't get prompted when making changes to Windows settings. This includes changing the UAC prompting level." I hope this reply came from a marketing drone, because if they intend on keeping this behaviour as-is in Windows 7 RTM, they're going to face a serious shitstorm - and rightfully so. Let's hope the Sinfoskies and Larson-Greens at Microsoft rectify this situation as soon as possible.
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UAC bad or worse
by Gone fishing on Sat 31st Jan 2009 14:19 UTC
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I don't think I can start my work PC (Vista) without swearing, I can think of dozens of things that really tick me off - UAC isn't really one of them although one wonders if some of the warnings are really necessary. If I'm fundamentally changing or potentially fundamentally changing the the software environment / OS I should be warned and permission asked (and I'd say add a password too).

The default described looks poor and if it can be exploited in the way described that looks like a train wreck. Certainly it will be exploited, if it can be and we will have another Trojan / spambot virus infested MS operating system.

Surely they will fix this - I would add if UAC is annoying they could look at removing unnecessary warnings and possibly allow users to suspend UAC for a temporary session (after adding appropriate warnings etc) so that users can configure their systems without being nagged perhaps a button on control panel suspend UAC warnings until control panel is closed?

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