Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Feb 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Does Windows 7 contain more DRM than Windows Vista? Does Windows 7 limit you from running cracked applications, and will it open the firewall specifically for applications that want to check if they're cracked or not? Does it limit the audio recording capabilities? According to a skimp and badly written post on Slashdot, it does. The Slashdot crowd tore the front page item apart - and rightfully so.
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Firewalls work both ways!
by PlunderBunny on Thu 19th Feb 2009 00:32 UTC
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The statement by the slashdot user (reproduced in the article) that a firewall only protects you from outside threats is nonsense - it assumes that a firewall cannot protect against an installed application because the application can simply make an exception for itself in the firewall settings. This is not true - on most operating systems, an admin or super-user password is required to allow this, and even when the user is logged in as a administrator (and you wouldn't do that for your day-to-day work, would you?) a prompt would still be displayed by any modern OS.
An application whose installer requires you to give your admin password can, of course, make a hole in the firewall for itself, but it is very different from a covert malicious application.

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