Microsoft Warns of Security Flaw in Gadgets

Microsoft has issued a security warning to users of the Gadget sidebar in Windows Vista and Gadgets in Windows 7.  Gadgets are the little applets like a clock, news headline feed, or weather feed that can be added to the desktop area.  Apparently a method has been developed to allow for the creation of custom gadgets, that when added to their computer system by users, would allow the providers of the gadget remote access and control of the computer, and other illicit actions.

Gadgets talk at Black Hat

Two security researchers are planning to present their findings at Black Hat in Las Vegas this week.  Microsoft has released a security advisory with a Fix-It link that completely disables Gadgets in Windows 7 and Vista.  Sophos recommends that you apply this patch as soon as possible.  WyzGuys concurs.  It is just not worth the risk of hanging on to your Gadgets.


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