Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Windows AutoRun feature

Oh, how I love this...in order to address the issue with the Windows AutoRun capability, which malware such as Conficker (no, NOT 'Conflicker'!!!) can use to spread, Microsoft is taking measures to protect users from themselves...but only if you're running Windows 7.

Niiiiiiiice.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

it will be backported to Vista & XP too ... they say "We are planning on making this change available on Windows Vista and Windows XP, so that the rest of our customers can benefit from these changes as well."

Keydet89 said...

Interesting...where did you see that? I don't find it at all on the MMPC page. However, from here:
You will first see this updated AutoRun experience in the Windows 7 RC build, and we will be bringing this change to Vista and XP in the future.

cutaway said...

Heard on the phone once, "but if Autoruns doesn't work then my program won't run."

This was followed by a heavy sigh (luckily on the same end of the phone) and a slow explanation of the multiple ways to start a program and point it to the information on the removable media.

Sometimes I feel sorry for some system administrators.

Go forth and do good things,
Don C. Weber

projektd said...

I read that it was going to be backwards compatible with XP too. Not very clearly worded as if its already ported, or will be sometime in the future though. http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/slaying-one-more-dragon-getting-rid-of.html

on a totally different note, Web of Trust says ur blog is has poor reputation. not totally sure what that means, I just started testing it a little bit ago.

Keydet89 said...

...Web of Trust says ur blog is has poor reputation. not totally sure what that means...Uhm...okay. What is "Web of Trust"? Also, if you're not sure what it means, have you asked whomever runs this "Web of Trust"? I'm not sure I'm clear on why you're using a site or product that you may not know what it's doing...but okay.

projektd said...

If you open up google and type "web of trust" you will *probably* find it. I was giving you the heads up. If you don't care I most certainly don't either.

I research security tools and apps, part of that is testing new tools and products. So that would be why i am using a product that I don't fully trust/understand/know. In this particular case what I don't fully understand is how and why certain sites are flagged and other are not. Yes, I could go and read up on it, but I don't really care enough, as my sites are not flagged as untrustworthy.

how about addressing whether or not the AutoRun disable will include XP or not?

Keydet89 said...

If you open up google and type "web of trust" you will *probably* find it.I did that and found several references...which is why I asked.

I was giving you the heads up. If you don't care I most certainly don't either.I care, which is why I asked. All I'm looking for is some clarification. For example, what do you mean by "poor reputation"? Is "Web of Trust" a product or a service? How are you informed that my blog has a "poor reputation"?

projektd said...

When I opened your site a small pop up bar on the top of the page from WOT warms me that this site has a poor rating. When I click on it, it tries to get me to vote or rate this site. Although now it looks like people may have since added some positive ratings. :)

Michail D. said...

How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/967715/en-us

Is that sufficient?

Keydet89 said...

This WindowsIR blog post covered it back on 5 Dec...