Posted by : Deepak Vasudevan Thursday, May 03, 2007

Windows Vista -- Notepad Launch Warning

During my current stay in Irving, TX along with Muthu Rajesh, he had purchased a new Dell laptop loaded with Windows Vista. While playing around Windows Vista Home Basic edition a bit, I observed some really good features. The most interesting feature I observed was when you 'View Source' on a web page, Windows Vista alers you and confirms whether you wanted to open the Notepad application.

At the first sight we would think that this is tooo much of the warning message placing more emphasis on the security. But on careful study and deducing from IE Blog, it rather plugs a hole that applications do not try having thier privileges elevated unintentionally. As IE blog explains, this also tries to address any security vulnerabilities that may be there in Notepad, which a hacker can make use of to take control of the host system.

Check out the full length discussion threat at IE Blog here.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I feel it is very irritating.

  2. @Anonymous,

    I understand your concern. But this would mean the provide the more reliable and secure operating system for the user and protecting against intruders/hackers venturing to take control of your system.

    I typically like to compare the US Customs and Border Protection (Department of Homeland Security) slogan "Open Doors and Secure Borders", which emphasizes and friendly environment to all people with a rich user-friendliness but at the same time stopping all intrusion attacks from hackers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ;-) I agree

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