User Account Control, or UAC, is a security feature first introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista. It aims to improve security by limiting application software to user level privileges unless the process is authorized to run with elevated privileges.

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How does the Windows “Secure Desktop” mode work?

Can anyone explain (or provide a link to a simple explanation) of what the Windows "Secure Desktop" mode is and how it works? I just heard about it in the KeePass documentation (KeePass - Enter ...
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Custom Metasploit payload with UAC bypass

The machine I am attacking has anti-virus installed. I have managed to use Veil Framework in order to create an initial reverse shell payload that is undetected by the AV. However, UAC is enabled on ...
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How is UAC a security improvement?

What does User Account Control on Windows offer in terms of security? It's just an extra click to potentially run a virus.
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How does consent.exe know what to display?

consent.exe is responsible for showning the UAC dialog. Looking at the command line parameters with Process Explorer, I see the following: consent.exe 1316 748 000000004385BD60 I have read How ...
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UAC and Windows Services

A user has a PowerShell script that does some things that require administrative access on Windows Server 2012 with UAC enabled. When they run the script as a Local Administrator, it fails with ...
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Preferred UAC configuration in Enterprises that use Login scripts to map drives?

In Windows 7, Vista and newer OS's, UAC will prevent logon scripts from mapping hard drives so that the following logon script code won't work: Dim WshNetwork Set WshNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("...
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What are the differences between “simple” UAC and two user accounts on Windows?

I'm currently thinking about increasing security on my Windows machine. As part of this harderning I considered the least-privilege principle and want to apply this on Windows using two different ...
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Windows mandatory access control: How to remove “mandatory level” label from the file?

1) How to remove "mandatory level" label from the file? I have two files, for first icalcs return Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level:(NW) for second icalcs doesn't return anything (that means ...
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Should I worry about this UAC bypass exploit for Windows 7?

It appears that there is an exploit out there that allegedly allows you to bypass the UAC on Windows 7 computers and gain administrator access. I was wondering if this exploit is still a dangerous ...
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Is UAC actually worth it? [duplicate]

Windows UAC: It's annoying. It seems pointless. Should I just disable it? Or in other words - is there actually a real risk of something malicious happening if I do? Is there malware out there that ...
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Do applications installing into AppData folder make UAC useless?

When UAC was first introduced, most well-behaving applications were installed into Program Files folder, so any tampering with executable files without explicit user consent became impossible. So when ...
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Safe to disable UAC?

I have programmed my own Windows kiosk application (.NET) which requires admin rights from the OS to ensure certain services are running (amongst other things). However, this causes the UAC prompt ...
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How to protect against portable applications

There are many portable apps around that could be downloaded and run on local PCs. Usually running of exe could be blocked by using UAC. however, in this case of portable applications, how do I ...
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Can a program change the shortcut location of a browser to itself without UAC (Admin) in Windows?

I was reading an article on .desktop files used to spread malware on Gnome and KDE. I just thought that the same could be applied to Windows. On Windows: Malware is disguised as a picture by ...
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Bypass UAC without meterpreter session?

I have a research project about "Malvertising". I try to show an attack by using metasploit and I am using a Flash Plugin to hack the victim (exploit/multi/browser/adobe_flash_hacking_team_uaf) This ...
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If windows already has all admin rights, wouldn't a malicious program just need to pretend to be windows?

Windows can do things that require UAC without prompting for UAC. For example, Windows can change any file in C:\Windows without requiring UAC. Could a malicious program "pretend" to be windows and ...