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Mark Austin
February 18th, 2011

Architectural Insight into Microsoft UAC and Avecto Privilege Guard

A recent press release from a competitor made some ill-educated statements about Microsoft User Account Control (UAC) and other user mode solutions that control application privileges. The article picked up on a weakness in UAC that has been publicly known since the beta of Windows 7, and then went on to suggest that user mode solutions are not capable of managing application privileges securely and that elevated processes can only be protected at the kernel level.

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Golden opportunity to tame application privileges

What is it about Windows XP that has made getting rid of an obsolete operating system so difficult? On the face of it, it should be no contest; XP is inherently less secure than its successors, will no longer receive essential updates, cybercriminals target it more often, and it doesn’t even support the latest secure applications. These factors add up to higher support costs and risk.

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How Windows XP’s End of Support Translates into a Window of Opportunity

The lead up to Windows XP’s expiration is causing a frenzy among the many businesses that are still running on the retiring operating system. Recent statistics show that XP still represents more than 30 percent of market share; unfortunately, the infection rate is six times higher than that of Windows 8 and two times higher than Windows 7. This means that every day that passes once Windows XP support expires will bring new risks to businesses that haven’t upgraded. As a result, we’re increasingly seeing IT departments starting or completing their migrations to Windows 7 in order to prevent huge customer support costs and minimize their attack vectors and risks of downtime.

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Microsoft extends limited security support for Windows XP – but is this enough?

Microsoft has announced that it will continue to provide updates to its anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users until July 14th, 2015. But what does this really mean?

The end of support for the operating system as a whole is April 8th, 2014, and this extended security service isn’t enough to keep organizations secure.

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