Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 23:22 UTC
Windows Earlier this week, a senior National Security Agency official told US Congress that the NSA had worked on Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. This spurred a flurry of rumours about the NSA building backdoors into Windows 7, but Microsoft has today categorically denied these claims.
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Microsoft have admitted in the past for XP that an "update to Windows update" can be pushed and installed silently on XP without Microsoft having to know any local machine password, regardless of user settings.

If Microsoft can silently update Windows update, then they have a backdoor. After silently updating Windows update Microsoft can always put it back again the way it was.

A backdoor that is easily thwarted by disabling the automatic update service?

To be clear, the updates aren't "pushed" in the sense that your machine is contacted by Microsoft and the updates are installed forcefully - they are pulled - by the automatic update service that can be disabled by the user manually if desired.

Edit: corrected service name

Edited 2009-11-20 02:23 UTC

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