Posted by: reformedmusings | November 7, 2009

Windows 7 insecurity – I told you so

Here’s a great article from ZDNet that relates how 8 out of 10 malware exploits bypass Windows 7’s UAC. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who read my previous blog post on the UAC. I offered that only two settings in the UAC had any meaning: Never notify and Always notify. Anything in between, like the default setting, only provide a false sense of security. Only “Always notify” offers any significant security. I wrote that about the beta version, but it appears to remain true in the final release, even though Microsoft claimed that they would fix the issues as I noted in this post. And don’t forget that you’re paying dearly for the privilege of testing these vulnerabilities in the real world.

Ubuntu anyone?

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  1. How compatible is ubuntu with outside software such as BibleWorks or even with msoffice?

  2. Hi David,

    Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice.org, which is a Linux-equivalent to MS Office. It maintains file format compatibility, but also offers a nice open format that makes smaller files.

    I run BibleWorks in a WinXP virtual machine under Ubuntu. I’ve not tried it under Wine, but I don’t use it often. In Ubuntu, I use Xiphos for Bible software, but I have Logos in a virtual machine for heavy duty work.

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