[ISN] Windows 7 Less Vulnerable Without Admin Rights

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:33:33 -0600 (CST)

By Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
Special to Dark Reading
March 29, 2010

Taking away the administrative rights from Microsoft Windows 7 users 
will lessen the risk posed by 90 percent of the critical Windows 7 
vulnerabilities reported to date and 100 percent of the Microsoft Office 
vulnerabilities reported last year.

It will also mitigate the risk of 94 percent of vulnerabilities reported 
in all versions of Internet Explorer in 2009 and 100 percent of the 
vulnerabilities reported in Internet Explorer 8 during the same time 

Finally, it will reduce the danger posed by 64 percent of all Microsoft 
vulnerabilities reported last year.

These findings come from a study conducted by BeyondTrust, which perhaps 
unsurprisingly sells software that restricts administrative privileges. 
The company argues that companies need its software to protect 
themselves, particularly during the time between Microsoft's publication 
of vulnerability information and the application of Microsoft's fixes.


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