"I wrote a few weeks ago about changes Microsoft has made to
Windows 7's User Account Control (UAC) that make the component less
secure than it was in Vista. Though the company has responded by
saying it will change some of the problem behaviors, yet more
problems have emerged that indicate that a real fix will be harder
than first expected. But more than that, the flaws call into
question the entire purpose of the Windows UAC feature, at least in
its commonplace "Admin Approval" mode.
"The decisions Microsoft has made not only make Windows 7's
Admin Approval mode less secure than Vista's, they also undermine
the entire purpose of the UAC system. Redmond maintains that UAC's
foremost objective is to ensure programmers update their programs
to behave properly when users have limited access rights. But the
way that the Windows 7 UAC "improvements" have been made completely
exempts Microsoft's developers from having to do that work
themselves. With Windows 7, it's one rule for Redmond, another one
for everyone else."
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