Vista feed gadget not updating

Posted by / 17-Nov-2017 05:11

Users of Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been advised to completely disable their Windows Sidebar and Gadgets, in response to what appears to be a serious security risk.

An attacker who successfully exploited a Gadget vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user.

mail readers, weather reports, slide shows, search, games, etc.).

Some gadgets integrate with other Windows Live services, including Mail, Search, and Favorites.

Clearly Microsoft is worried about the security researchers’ findings, and has issued a “Fix It Tool” which will protect Windows 7 and Vista users by entirely disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets functionality. Microsoft hasn’t issued a security patch to fix the vulnerability.

They’re suggesting you completely nuke your Windows Sidebar and Gadgets.

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If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take complete control of the affected system.