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Feb042009

Remove admin rights to mitigate 92% of Microsoft bugs

The vast majority of critical Microsoft vulnerabilities 92% of them could have been mitigated by stripping users of administrative rights, said John Moyer, the CEO of BeyondTrust. “This speaks to what enterprises should be doing,” Moyer said. “Clearly, eliminating administrative rights can close the window of opportunity of attack.”

Of the 154 bugs published and patched by Microsoft in 2008, critical or not, 69% would have been blocked or their impact reduced by configuring users to run without administrative rights, said the company.

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