James O'Neill's Blog

February 6, 2009

Can I get published if I say that rain is wet or snow is cold ?

Filed under: Security and Malware — jamesone111 @ 2:49 pm

I saw an article on ITPro “removing-admin-mitigates-most-windows-flaws” earlier today.

“The vast majority of all critical Microsoft vulnerabilities, some 92 per cent, could have been mitigated by removing the administrator rights of Windows users, a new report has revealed.”

Strike out the numbers and the product specifics “Most vulnerabilities can mitigated by removing administrator rights”. Stone the crows , we never knew that if you run everything as admin you were exposed to more risks… OK sarcasm aside, anyone who works with IT knew this, but did we realise the figure was as high as 92% ? And having written about UAC this morning, I feel the need to point out that being a local administrator and running a problematic program elevated if you need to (the Vista way) mitigates risk 11 times out of 12, and running everything elevated because of one program (the XP way) doesn’t.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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