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post #11 of 44
Too bad UAC is so annoying that I just turned it off.
 
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post #12 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by eureka View Post
That's why Linux is annoying as hell then.

Not too sure about that. Linux isn't nearly as annoying as UAC.
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Hehe, I'd forgotten all about nasty rootkits, but it's nice to know UAC does offer something good, it's just unfortunate that it's so eff'ing irritating! A few years from now as apps change we'll probably all have UAC active in the background............ but until then it's OFF
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post #14 of 44
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Originally Posted by igob8a View Post
Don't other OSes have UAC-like features?
I know OSX requires you to enter the admin password for installing apps and modifying system-wide settings.
Yeah OSX requires you to put your password in when deleting or installing apps in folders that have system files or that needs to be root lol
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post #15 of 44
I don't mind UAC.
post #16 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by eureka View Post
That's why Linux is annoying as hell then.
No, because in Linux, software is well written and only needs root if it is doing something (potentially) harmful. While loads of apps pop up UAC stuff, sudo is barely ever seen.
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post #17 of 44
A little "I told you so"....

I use UAC, it is an amazing security feature. It is particularly effective against rootkits and keyloggers.

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
OSX requires authentication for creating or modifying system files, or basically making system-wide changes.

Installing apps doesn't require authentication (unless you're doing it through the installer, which is NOT most of the time; most of the time it's drag-and-drop), but if the app were to try and make system changes, authentication would be required.

But yes, most OSs now have separate user and root accounts. Lack of this was the problem with XP and everything before it for a long time.
I think one of the problems with Windows is that a lot of the programmers are lazy in their coding and require admin access (thus UAC prompt) for their programs when really it isn't necessary.
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post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
I think one of the problems with Windows is that a lot of the programmers are lazy in their coding and require admin access (thus UAC prompt) for their programs when really it isn't necessary.
Well it's not a windows problem then... lol
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Vista owns...

People need to accept it. XP is a thing of the past.
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post #20 of 44
Of course it would find known rootkits. It makes sense that UAC would identify a rootkit trying to install it self just like any other program. However, it doesn't really matter if the person allows it anyways... We might not be stupid enough to let it go through but the average joe would.The real danger lies within known rootkits that are slightly recoded and recompiled or brand new root kits that are coded from the ground up. And I'm sure in the future people will write rootkits that will bypass UAC or alter it to make everything look legit. They work on the driver and kernal levels for the most part.
Edited by aod2002 - 5/25/08 at 10:09pm
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