Windows 7 Less Vulnerable Without Admin Rights

Monday Mar 29th 2010 by Staff

A study by BeyondTrust says that taking away users' admin rights would eliminate the threat posed by 90 percent of known Windows 7 vulnerabilities.

InformationWeek: According to a new report by BeyondTrust, taking away users' admin rights eliminates most of the known vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, including:

  • 90 percent of the critical Windows 7 vulnerabilities reported to date
  • 94 percent of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities reported in 2009
  • 100 percent of Internet Explorer 8 vulnerabilities reported in 2009
  • 64 percent of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported last year

"Enterprises continue to face imminent danger from zero-day attacks as new vulnerabilities are exploited before patches can ever be developed and deployed," said BeyondTrust EVP Steve Kelley. "Our findings reflect the critical role that restricting administrator rights plays in protecting against these types of threats."

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