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ms kb warns of win vista & 7 sidebar vuln

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Temmu

greets!

 

happy merry!

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662 --- warns of vulnerablility w/ win vista/7 sidebar gadgets - advises to remove sidebar - provides methods, including auto "fix it"

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719662 ---- security advisory that details the warning

 

... always thought it a bit creepy that anyone could write gadgets & ms would make them available w/o a vetting process... (if i remember correctly)

 

i.e. i am removing mine!

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LilBambi

Have been turning the Gadget Platform off using Add Features section of the Control Panel for some time now.

 

One of my clients, last year had a problem with all of his gadgets turning black. He of course had no idea how it happened. That was enough for me. I fixed his problem, and months later read about that.

 

That was enough for me.

 

/. story:

 

benfrog writes

"Microsoft has taken the unusual step of killing the Windows Gadgets feature completely via a security update. According to an advisory issued Tuesday, an attacker could take over a user's system if they are logged in as admin and they install a vulnerable gadget. Microsoft has pulled the plug on its official Gadgets Gallery and is offering a Fix-it that completely disables the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets. Researchers Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg are scheduled to give a presentation on the vulnerability at the upcoming Black Hat conference calledWe Have You By the Gadgets."

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