User Account Control (UAC) is a technology and security infrastructure introduced with Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, with a more relaxed version also present in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It aims to improve the security of Microsoft Windows by limiting application software to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase or elevation. In this way, only applications trusted by the user may receive administrative privileges, and malware should be kept from compromising the operating system. In other words, a user account may have administrator privileges assigned to it, but applications that the user runs do not inherit those privileges unless they are approved beforehand or the user explicitly authorizes it.
To reduce the possibility of lower-privilege applications communicating with higher-privilege ones, another new technology, User Interface Privilege Isolation is used in conjunction with User Account Control to isolate these processes from each other. One prominent use of this is Internet Explorer 7's "Protected Mode".
... In Windows XP, every user is set up as an administrator by default (unless added through Computer Management) ... As a result, most home users ran all their software with Administrator access ... However, this left most users unwittingly open to potential security threats, such as hacking and malware downloads ...
... is only active when UAC is turned on, user settings and configuration files may be installed to a different place (a system directory rather than a user-specific ... Mode", whereby the browser runs in a sandbox with lower privileges than the standard user, relies on UAC and will not function if UAC is disabled ... the RSA Conference 2008 that UAC was in fact designed to "annoy users," and force independent software vendors to make their programs more secure so that UAC ...
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