Microsoft insisted Monday that what outsiders have called a "security flaw" in Windows 7 is not a bug, but the way the new operating system is meant to work.
This reminds me of the feature in XP where you could load an admin account in safe mode to bypass all user account permissions. The ability to change the admin password by booting in safe mode allowed me to reset my nieces newly formatted XP system. Her dads friend was an FBI systems admin. They formatted with everything nerfed so she couldn't install anything. In less then 30 seconds that admin account had the password changed and given to her so she could install itunes on her own system. That was also a feature. ^.~
If it's documented it's not a bug, it's a feature! That's their mantra since the 80's.
"How could a low-privileged application be[ing] able to turn off the entire privileged-applications security-layer not be a security flaw?" Microsoft saying this is a "purposeful feature" is just INCREDIBLE.
This 'feature' is kind of like "The Club" (steering wheel lock). -XP has no club, if a person wants your car they will take it. -W7 has the club, if a person wants your car they will take it, it will just take 30 seconds longer. Anything can be hacked. IMO this IS a feature. Nobody should rely only on windows...any version...to be your end all security. There's PLENTY of free software out there that does an excellent job at protecting your system(s). This feature does what it's meant to do. Kind of like how haters hate like their supposed to. The world goes round!
perhaps this is not the right place to say this but i remember reading a microsoft fan made ad that said. Microsoft: Failure is not an OPTION! It's BUNDLED in the system.
Blue screen is a feature too. (inb4 RROD)
people will never be happy. First they complained about pop ups all the time, now they complain that they didn't make that the default anymore.
I seem to remember my co-worker who is a mac-rat telling me about this feature in OSX. can't these guys come up with anything original?
This just means that Microsoft has the chance to fix this flaw before the retail product ships. I can see where they are coming from in reducing the number of UAC prompts, but FFS let the user know when the UAC settings are being modified... UAC settings changes should always prompt the user. That shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish. I've been using Windows 7 Beta 1 since it first became available, and other than a few gripes (which I have sent in as feedback), I can honestly say that I'm shocked at how much I like Windows 7. It's a definite step-up from Windows Vista, even in Beta form... ;-)
Why should they fix a feature? It's not even broken (according to them).
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