Posted: 21/07/2012 in Uncategorized

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Microsoft has released a security advisory detailing the vulnerabilities in the windows Sidebar that could potentially be a gateway for remote arbitrary code execution when running insecure Gadgets.  The Sidebar is an application on computers that run Vista and some versions of Windows7 and can show realtime updates of news, weather, RSS feeds and more, but also included games and puzzles and even dashboards to show how your computer is running – all according to which widget you download or purchase to customize the sidebar.   Apparently if the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take complete control of the affected system.  Programs could be installed; data viewed, changed, or deleted; and new accounts created with full user rights.

Microsoft, in response, has issued a quick deactivation for the sidebar and has removed the ‘Desktop Gadgets‘ application.  According to the old gadgets…

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