Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:27 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has fixed the distribution scope of a toolbar update that, without the user's knowledge, installed an add-on in Internet Explorer and an extension in Firefox called Search Helper Extension. Microsoft told us that the new update is actually the same as the old one; the only difference is the distribution settings. In other words, the update will no longer be distributed to toolbars that it shouldn't be added to. End users won't see the tweak, Microsoft told Ars, and also offered an explanation on what the mystery add-on actually does."
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RE[3]: Gotta love it
by lemur2 on Mon 14th Jun 2010 11:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gotta love it"
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Um, this was a bug. A harmless one at that.

Maybe so, but it is not the point.

a bug that installs some unasked for extensions to a non-microsoft-owned nor -supported software


Now that is the point. What is more is that it silently installs, without user permission to do so. Even though in this case the software that was installed was harmless, it still illustrates the existence of a mechanism.

Who owns any given Windows machine, after all? With my own personal machines, all running Kubuntu, there is no doubt about it ... I own the machines. They are in my control.

If I were running Windows instead, that clearly would not be the case.

Edited 2010-06-14 11:32 UTC

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