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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RE[2]: Firewalls work both ways!
by dagw on Thu 19th Feb 2009 11:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Firewalls work both ways!"
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you mean the OS is designed to allow an external application -alledgedly launched by an admin- to tinker with the firewall settings without giving explicit notice that such thing is happening??

If I write an app that changes the firewall settings in Linux or BSD and you run that app with root privileges, then your firewall settings will be changed without you getting any explicit warning from your firewall software (assuming you don't have SELinux or something similar installed). This is no different.

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UglyKidBill Member since:

hmm.. yes, and no...
IMO, given the variety of combinations on thoses OSes, writing and app to change the firewall setting would end up being more problematic than helpful, unless it is malware or some very specific application.

Also, that is a kind of attitude (on the apps/devs, not yours) that *nix people find regrettable, so doing it would work pretty much against the developerĀ“s interest. Especially if we are talking about the installer of a non-network related application such as photoshop.

The fact that we are talking about the firewall built into the OS and which many (most?) of the users will rely upon having this feature surprises me when microsoft is making efforts to change peopleĀ“s perception about security.

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google_ninja Member since:

it isn't problematic, linux has netfilter/iptables built in, anyone (or anything) with root can change it.

As was previously mentioned, the only way to stop that from happening is to use more finely grained security. Security is already too complex to start going down that path for windows, at least for the home consumer versions.

Edited 2009-02-19 13:33 UTC

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l3v1 Member since:

This is no different.

It is when you don't know about the changes that will occur.

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