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?



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

  2. Hi David,

    Ubuntu comes with, 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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