Some people use special Windows gadgets on their desktop. Introduced in Windows Vista, widgets allowed users to see information like the time and calendar from their main desktop screen. The widgets were officially called ‘Desktop Gadgets’.
Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft has had a change of heart when it comes to its Desktop Gadgets. The company recently revealed the Windows 8 would probably not support Desktop Gadgets. And, in another blow to Gadget users today, Microsoft suggested that Vista and Windows 7 users disable their Gadgets immediately.
Whoa. Why so serious, Microsoft? Apparently, Microsoft has recently discovered a serious security flaw in at least one of its gadgets. Apparently, hackers could use Gadget exploits to gain access to the inner workings of your PC. And that is most definitely a bad thing.
Fortunately, Micorosft didn’t just ominously announce these security flaws and then disappear. Instead, the company released an automated Fix It tool that immediately disables all Gadgets and sidebar widgets in any version of Windows.
While Microsoft hasn’t released more information than that about the flaw, an article from ComputerWorld suggests that a pair of computer researchers will talk about Gadget security flaws at an upcoming conference later this month. Interestingly enough, it seems that the pair of researchers worked directly with Microsoft on fixing the issue instead of selling the exploit for personal gain.
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