Mark and Manmeet on .Net Show

Mark and Manmeet appeared on the .Net show last week. Enjoy:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/episode.aspx?xml=theshow/en/episode059/manifest.xml  Maarten

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rundll32.exe appwiz.cpl,NewlInkHere is back

For some reason it was quite common to use an undocumented (and hence unsupported and we-can-pull-rug-underneath-at-any-time) export from the appwiz.cpl called newlinkhere. This export was removed in Vista. Since this was quite a popular export (live.com for it yourself, you’ll see) we decided at a late stage to put it back in. I haven’t verified…

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Impact of Least Privilege in System Services

Of all security changes in Vista, UAC with its spit token and MIC is for obvious reasons getting most attention. But there are a lot of other areas that have been tightened up for security reasons and we keep finding new ones that impact customers. One of them is detailed in the document on service…

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Per-User COM on Vista for elevated token processes

Per-user COM in Vista (where CLSIDs, etc. go under HKCU\Software\Classes instead of HKLM\Software\Classes) behaves different on Vista compared to XP. Actually it does not work at all for full administrators (to be precise, it is actually for any process with a MIC level higher than medium but more on that later). The CoCreateInstance or CreateObject call will return…

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