Welcome to my blog. In here I hope to share with you tips, tricks, hacks and code that will make your life easier as a network administrator or general computer user. I come with a background in computer engineering and have worked for the past 12 years in the Library world as Manager of Library Systems. Even though some of my posts may be Library specific, most will be of use to all computer users.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Microsoft disables Windows Sidebar and Gadgets due to security risk

Microsoft announced a new patch that will disable the Windows sidebar and gadgets on Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Disabling the sidebar will prevent an attacker from exploiting a vulnerability in the gadgets that would allow a hacker to gain administration rights and then complete control of your computer. By applying the patch that Microsoft released on July 10 will fix this issue by disabling the Windows sidebar experience and all gadget functionality.

Security researchers Micky Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg will be presenting a presentation at this year’s Black Hat USA 2012 conference called “We have you by the Gadgets” that will explain the risks in detail.

The patch can be found here.  Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2719662

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