Microsoft has decided to speed up its plans to eliminate the Windows Gadget platform after receiving info that some serious security vulnerabilities would be revealed at the upcoming Black Hat security conference. According to the Black Hat website, two researchers, Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg, plan to discuss the vulnerabilities at the upcoming Black Hat security conference.
Microsoft was already planning on eliminating Windows Gadget in Windows 8, but after working with the two researchers decided to kill it before the conference. They have also released a security advisory with info to help system administrators disable the Windows Sidebar and Gadget on Windows Vista and Windows 7 with one Fix it click, which will disable all functionality of Windows Sidebar and Gadgets. Microsoft has warned users about the possibility of a remote code execution attack. Are you a user of Windows Sidebar and Gadgets? Let us know in the comments section below.
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