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Windows 7: Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)

17 Sep 2016   #11
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
XLR8TX, the security prompt you see is ordinary behaviour and I recommend you don’t try and change it.
"Ordinary behaviour"? No sir.

Like I said before, I've had this PC for over 5 years (while using the favorites folder in the same manner) and have never had this issue.

Thanks again for your time.


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17 Sep 2016   #12
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I hope I don't muddy the water's here,

Pyprohly, your cmd is similar to poster Bosacker's answer here, except he wants to send it to the desktop and has a couple more switches the (OI) & (CI), and your path\to\file.lnk, is that where the favorites folder is located, like mine is located at C:\Users\my user name\Favorites?

Would I be correct in thinking your cmd would follow that path and set the integrity label for that path to .lnk's, while Bosacker's path is to the desktop where his links are and that causes the difference?

Yours:
Code:
icacls “C:\path\to\file.lnk” /setintegritylevel m
Bosacker's:
Code:
ICACLS "C:\Users\<username goes here>\Desktop" /Setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)M
XLR, stay with Pyprohly's guidance.
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17 Sep 2016   #13
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XLR8TX View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
XLR8TX, the security prompt you see is ordinary behaviour and I recommend you don’t try and change it.
"Ordinary behaviour"? No sir.
“Ordinary”, as in if every member on this forum browsed to their Favorites folder right now and tried to open a shortcut there they’d receive the same security prompt you and I see. It’s supposed to occur, it’s default behaviour, and therefore ordinary.

If you’ve never seen this prompt in 5 years I cannot explain why.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Would I be correct in thinking your cmd would follow that path and set the integrity label for that path to .lnk's, while Bosacker's path is to the desktop where his links are and that causes the difference?
These commands are not the same. The intention behind each is different. My command says to apply a Medium Mandatory Integrity Label to a single, specific file “file.lnk” located in “C:\path\to”, while Bosacker’s applies a Medium Mandatory Integrity Label to the folder “C:\Users\<username goes here>\Desktop” and the Integrity Label is set to propagate to all child files and folders within this folder.

Bosacker’s issue involved shortcuts that strictly reside outside the Favorites folder. Consequently, my initial suggestion here of moving the shortcuts off to another file system and back again would have aided his problem and would have been the optimal thing to do, instead of running the Icacls command he did and set a quasi-permanent Integrity Label onto his Desktop folder.
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17 Sep 2016   #14
Anak

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Hmmm...May be I have a wrong security setting; If you're talking about the Favorites Folder in the Menu bar of IE, I can open any link in there and I do not receive that warning.
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-iefavs.png

Thanks for the clarification Pyprohly!


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18 Sep 2016   #15
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Hmmm...May be I have a wrong security setting; If you're talking about the Favorites Folder in the Menu bar of IE, I can open any link in there and I do not receive that warning.
We’re talking about shortcuts in the physical Favorites folder, “%userprofile%\Favorites”. Invoking any shortcut under this hierarchy through Explorer will yield a security prompt due to the folder emitting a Low Mandatory Integrity Label to all child files and folders.
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18 Sep 2016   #16
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Culprit Identified

After conferring with a few folks on the Microsoft Community forums, we have determined that the culprit of this new prompt behavior is a recent Windows update as I had originally speculated in the first post.

It is this IE update in particular that precipitated these security prompts to be generated:

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3185319)
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20 Sep 2016   #17
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Hmmm...May be I have a wrong security setting; If you're talking about the Favorites Folder in the Menu bar of IE, I can open any link in there and I do not receive that warning.
We’re talking about shortcuts in the physical Favorites folder, “%userprofile%\Favorites”. Invoking any shortcut under this hierarchy through Explorer will yield a security prompt due to the folder emitting a Low Mandatory Integrity Label to all child files and folders.
Okay, after going there and trying my shortcuts I too have the same behaviour.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XLR8TX View Post
After conferring with a few folks on the Microsoft Community forums, we have determined that the culprit of this new prompt behavior is a recent Windows update as I had originally speculated in the first post.

It is this IE update in particular that precipitated these security prompts to be generated:

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3185319)
Any word if microsoft will change it or do they believe it is a security enhancement and will let it alone?
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20 Sep 2016   #18
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XLR8TX View Post
After conferring with a few folks on the Microsoft Community forums, we have determined that the culprit of this new prompt behavior is a recent Windows update as I had originally speculated in the first post.

It is this IE update in particular that precipitated these security prompts to be generated:

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3185319)
Any word if microsoft will change it or do they believe it is a security enhancement and will let it alone?
My guess is that MS is probably done fiddling with W7. Unless an update causes serious issues they will probably just leave it as is.

Too bad, since I'm accustomed to my old browsing habits.

KB3185319 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3185319
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20 Sep 2016   #19
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XLR8TX View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pyprohly View Post
XLR8TX, the security prompt you see is ordinary behaviour and I recommend you don’t try and change it.
"Ordinary behaviour"? No sir.
“Ordinary”, as in if every member on this forum browsed to their Favorites folder right now and tried to open a shortcut there they’d receive the same security prompt you and I see. It’s supposed to occur, it’s default behaviour, and therefore ordinary.

If you’ve never seen this prompt in 5 years I cannot explain why...........
I've never seen that warning when opening a shortcut from the Favorites folder by double clicking on it from within the Windows (file) Explorer. I also don't see any warning when I drag/drop one of these shortcuts into a non-default browser like Chrome. I checks several W7 computers and no such warning appears.

I don't get the warning on a fresh install of W7 pro 64bit inside a VM:
(tested with the default IE8 and with IE11 - before and after installing KB3185319)

Before KB3185319
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-1-before-kb3185319.png

As an aside, if I get to the shortcut's Properties via Organize > Properties...
Before KB3185319
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-2-before-kb3185319.png

...I see this warning:
Before KB3185319
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-3-before-kb3185319.png


After KB3185319
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-4-after-kb3185319.png

Double clicking on the MSN shortcut from within the Windows (file) Explorer:
After KB3185319
Security Prompts for Internet Shortcuts (in Favorites Folder)-5-after-kb3185319.png


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20 Sep 2016   #20
XLR8TX

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

UsernameIssues, Excellent Info.

After conversing with other users on several forums, I knew those prompts were not there before for most if not all users.

Do you know of any workaround for this?
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