Office 2010 Protected View and Adobe Reader Protected Mode – Sandbox

Adobe is working towards implementing a Sandbox technology ‘Protected Mode’ for its reader products. Protected Mode is based on Microsoft’s Practical Windows Sandboxing technique. Adobe has been working closely with Microsoft Office security team and the Chrome team at Google to leverage their sandboxing knowledge and experience.

User Account Control (UAC) Basics and Security Features in Windows 7

UAC is a security feature that was firstly presented in Windows Vista., and now in Windows 7. UAC enables the user to run as standard user, and elevate only when an administrative operation is performed. Here is a 10 mins video which explains on the basics of UAC and its improvements in Windows 7. Also… Continue reading User Account Control (UAC) Basics and Security Features in Windows 7

How does User Account Control (UAC) work in Windows 7?

When an administrator user logs on to a Windows Vista computer, two access tokens are created: a filtered standard user access token, and a full administrator access token. Instead of launching the desktop (Explorer.exe) with the administrator’s access token, the standard user access token is used. All child processes inherit from this initial launch of… Continue reading How does User Account Control (UAC) work in Windows 7?

How to Test Application MSI Packages for UAC

The easiest way to simulate the UAC is to install an MSI from an elevated command line. In Vista choose to run the command prompt as Administrator. Then install an MSI. You can flag an MSI, by modifying the WordCount in the Summary Information Stream, so that it does not automatically require elevation during an… Continue reading How to Test Application MSI Packages for UAC

Windows 7 – File and Registry Redirection : Impact on MSI Packaging

The basics of this feature is explained in the article Folder Virtualization Concepts in Windows Vista. Impact in MSI Packaging Files in a registry key can be found twice in your installation. Especially if the application has to be launched to customize options and settings. Possible Work-around During Setup-Capture: Virtualized resources needs to be merged… Continue reading Windows 7 – File and Registry Redirection : Impact on MSI Packaging