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Windows 7: Windows 7 security fail

05 May 2009   #1
raj11650

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 
Windows 7 security fail

Windows 7 still allows unsafe files to be disguised as safe files

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The good folks at F-Secure uncover the first Windows 7 security fail Ö and itís a classic.

The issue in question is nothing new. In fact, itís been around for so long that I didnít even bother checking to see if it had been fixed.

You see, in Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista, Explorer used to Hide extensions for known file types. And virus writers used this ďfeatureĒ to make people mistake executables for stuff such as document files.

The trick was to rename VIRUS.EXE to VIRUS.TXT.EXE or VIRUS.JPG.EXE, and Windows would hide the .EXE part of the filename.
Additionally, virus writers would change the icon inside the executable to look like the icon of a text file or an image, and everybody would be fooled.
Surely this wonít work in Windows 7.

Lets try.

Hmm. It sure looks like a text file in Explorer:


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05 May 2009   #2
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

hehe.... yea... had forgotten about all this myself... back on 98 as well if i recall correctly... is why enabling the file extensions is one of the first batch of steps i do after a fresh install, while updates are downloading. Freaky stupid to see it still acting and how it acts with 7 as described/shown in the pic
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05 May 2009   #3
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 

Can MS really overlook such stupid mistakes? I mean, they make millions of dollars a year, they can afford it.....
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05 May 2009   #4
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

which i why i always have show filetypes on always...
there is no reason not to have it on by default
so in my POV there is no reason why MS would not show that as the default..
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05 May 2009   #5
johngalt

 

+1 - I turn that on, as well as show hidden files *and* system files. SOP on my end for any machine I am on that I am not restricted out of ....
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05 May 2009   #6
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
+1 - I turn that on, as well as show hidden files *and* system files. SOP on my end for any machine I am on that I am not restricted out of ....
++1 on that (or would that be 1++...)
forgot about that and like was said before is one of the first things done in my system...
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05 May 2009   #7
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

and if someone wants to see the extensions i have put together this little tutoiral, lol



-in the start menu search box type in 'show hidden files and folders' (minus the quote marks of course)
-click on the folder
-uncheck the 'hide extensions for known file types'
-done (that was easy)
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05 May 2009   #8
Handycam

 

Someone will report it and MS will patch it up..
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05 May 2009   #9
johngalt

 

Actually, you can get away with typing
Code:
show hid
and that should be sufficient for bringing up that setting....

Also, you can use the arrow keys to navigate instead of clicking on the shortcut, *and* you can simply hit [ENTER] after typing that in and the shortcut folder shows in the list.....
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05 May 2009   #10
mxosder16

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote:
Actually, you can get away with typing Code:
show hid
and that should be sufficient for bringing up that setting....

Also, you can use the arrow keys to navigate instead of clicking on the shortcut, *and* you can simply hit [ENTER] after typing that in and the shortcut folder shows in the list.....
i know... but that is too easy. i had to make such a simple task a bit more complicated and thus worthy of a tut
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