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Microsoft's security team plans to retire a much-abused feature in its Windows operating system that uses flash drives and other removable media to spread malware.

Beginning with Release Candidate 1 of Windows 7, the operating system will no longer display AutoRun when most removable media is connected. Up to now, the feature has automatically opened a window each time a drive is connected that presents a list of tasks the user can instruct Windows to carry out. Malware purveyors have long manipulated the feature to display options that say things like "open folder to view files" but install malware when clicked instead.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/28/mi...etires_autorun/

Looks like this is the end of USB hacks. According to the article, after they retire it in Windows 7 RC1, it will then be applied to XP and Vista.

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"...paranoid about who sticks their drive into my computer."

thats what... never mind.

Glad they are finally removing this security flaw. (I'm just glad i was around when it first originated, and got to use it for evi... GOOD!)

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lol it only took em a few variants of conficker to wisen up, I am with adminx and am glad to see the back of this annoying feature. It now saves me time on disabling this feature after a fresh nuking.

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Took them long enough, it's been a huge security flaw forever, will be nice no longer having to be paranoid about who sticks their drive into my computer.

After seeing some of the things a person can exploit using autorun why even have it enabled? I've disabled it on all of my computers, not that I let anyone else use them anyway...

I'm for it. But its going to be a pain to train non technical savy people to go to computer to access thier devices. Most of the people I know panic when they plug in thier device and don't see the autorun show up or the folder to thier device automatically open. IT's going to have a lot of support calls on this one lol.

But seriously though, yay for MS for finally doing something right for a change :)

Hmmm...

Looks like this is the end of USB hacks. According to the article, after they retire it in Windows 7 RC1, it will then be applied to XP and Vista.

From the article:

A fair number of today's flash drives, including those made by U3, will continue to evoke an AutoRun popup window upon connecting to Windows. That's because Windows sees the devices as a CD or DVD drive and Microsoft will continue to display AutoRun when such optical drives are attached.

Appears as if U3 hacks well continue to work :)

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it will be the best windows release thus far due to the fact they are actually listening to people for a fucking change!

As for the auto run on optical media they should piss that off as well, it annoys me!

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whilst i can appreciate that people over the age of 60 or complete technophobes may find the Autorun feature handy. i for one will not miss it. when i plug my usb HUB in for my 4 or 5 external drives it is most annoying to have windows scan them all at the same time just to give me a pop up asking me what i want to do.

the other thing that annoys me. not sure if it is part of the same sytem or not. If i have WMP open when i plug a drive in. it switches whatever i am watching from the now playing tab to the library tab then asks me what i want to do with it

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it will be the best windows release thus far due to the fact they are actually listening to people for a fucking change!

As for the auto run on optical media they should piss that off as well, it annoys me!

Agreed...well said.

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I can see W7 putting a spanner in the works for the likes of Ubuntu myself. With the Longhorn/Vista debacle linux managed to gain serious ground but if W7 is good its going to be a lot harder to persuade non-geeks to try alternatives with the usual arguments.

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There's only 2 problems with this :

1 : It's not true ! because :

But how is Sony going to deliver their rootkits??

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Quote : Wholly Mindless

therefore :

CD or DVD drive and Microsoft will continue to display AutoRun when such optical drives are attached.
(and that includes U3 drives, you think M$ bought in on that for fun ?)

2 : None of you guys actually read the article, did you ?

Besides, everybody seems totally obsessed with the "autorun"-part and are totally missing the actual point

of "USB-hacks" .. that you can run anything you want on nearly ALL windows-boxes no matter what is installed

and that physical access means pwnage ..

btw : For those of you who find autorun a useful feature on your own computers (I do),

there is a quite safe way to do it and it's even free : USB Drive Letter Manager

www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html

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A fair number of today's flash drives, including those made by U3, will continue to evoke an AutoRun popup window upon connecting to Windows. That's because Windows sees the devices as a CD or DVD drive and Microsoft will continue to display AutoRun when such optical drives are attached.

This is an easy option though, where you can go into the registry and even group policy and turn off Auto-run on ALL drives. I have mine set to turn off autorun for all drives, but physical access negates any security feature, because you can still just open the drive and run whatever you want, so long as it doens't set off your anti-virus software. Physical access is the end game anyway, but turning off auto-run at least somewhat protects if you are say in a cafe, someone can't walk over and run somehting if you walk a way. They wouldn't have enough time to do much else in a public setting, other than walk off with your laptop, and at that point, its game over anyway.

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CD or DVD drive and Microsoft will continue to display AutoRun when such optical drives are attached.

So now all you have to do is burn the rootkit along with some torrent your friend has been begging you for. "Who wants a copy of $MOVIE || $SOFTWARE?"

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Ok I did a little searching on the topic. Autoplay/autoruns not going away, its just that they've changed its behavior. See here under the section entitled: "Improvements to AutoPlay".

Basically to sum it up here, unless whats been inserted is optical media you well still get an autorun/autoplay prompt, but only the installed default actions of the system well be displayed to you. Unfortunately, they're keeping it the way it is for optical media due to user habit of expecting the installer for their software or their dvd to start playing immediately when they insert a disc into their systems.

Regardless its still exciting to know you wont haft to worry about somebody's latest usb infection unless these u3 drives and what have you become more popular. They already are I suppose, but its going to only get worse. Really we need to start training users to manually find the installers on thier discs or launch thier favorites movies with the programs they want to play them in, so MS can put an end to autorun/autoplay for good regardless of what type of storage device it is.

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After seeing some of the things a person can exploit using autorun why even have it enabled? I've disabled it on all of my computers, not that I let anyone else use them anyway...

I'm for it. But its going to be a pain to train non technical savy people to go to computer to access thier devices. Most of the people I know panic when they plug in thier device and don't see the autorun show up or the folder to thier device automatically open. IT's going to have a lot of support calls on this one lol.

But seriously though, yay for MS for finally doing something right for a change :)

Hmmm...

From the article:

Appears as if U3 hacks well continue to work :)

yay!

i deal with customers all the time that turn off updates because its annoying for them. in fact i have to turn on updates for id say oh about 85% or more customers PCs.

so we will still get to pwn people

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