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90 percent of Windows 7 flaws fixed by removing admin rights

Discussion in 'General Security' started by lotuseclat79, Mar 31, 2010.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Thread Starter

    Sep 12, 2003
    90 percent of Windows 7 flaws fixed by removing admin rights.

    After tabulating all the vulnerabilities published in Microsoft's 2009 Security Bulletins, it turns out 90 percent of the vulnerabilities can be mitigated by configuring users to operate without administrator rights, according to a report by BeyondTrust.

    -- Tom
  2. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    I wonder if that means that the consentUI is not working as intended? If I understand correctly, the consentUI only passes over the admin token after that 'continue' prompt. So, if this report says that vulnerabilities are mitigated by not using an admin account, doesn't that imply that somehow when exploiting the vulnerabilities, the admin rights are used.
  3. Gizzy


    Aug 2, 2005

    Too bad more people don't use non-administrator user accounts, There would be a lot less infected windows users, and any infections picked up while in a non-administrator account would be easy to remove. :)

    For anyone that just reads the title and not the article, Many vulnerabilities not working applies to to all versions of windows with non-administrator accounts, Not just windows 7.

    I'm guessing they mean with UAC off, So pure admin permissions...Though I'm not positive.

    But many people turn off UAC anyway,
    And I would still recommend using a standard user account instead since UAC is more of a make believe standard user account and it's not a security boundary like using a non-administrator account so it's not as strong and can be bypassed...
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