Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Mar 2009 13:27 UTC
Windows For Windows 7, Microsoft has made some changes to User Account Control to counter the criticism that UAC was too intrusive. It didn't take long before several holes were poked in Windows 7's default UAC settings, and now one is left to wonder: is it wise to sacrifice security for (perceived?) usability? Ars has an editorial that deals with this question.
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Microsoft is between a rock and a hard place. The rock is that their security systems need to be enforced more then they are, the hard place is the billions of dollars customers have invested in the platform in terms of legacy software that relies on them not being enforced.

As of windows XP, nothing at all should have ever been writing to anyting but HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the registry, and nowhere on the disc except for AppData in the user folder. If it is a corporate app designed for NT, it should never have had any excuse to do that.

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