Microsoft Makes Windows Defender Remove Nasty Dell Root Certificates DLL

by AFK - 29-11-2015, 09:12 PM
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 09:12 PM
Microsoft, everybody's favorite target when it comes to ridicule, has saved whatever was left of Dell's reputation by making Windows Defender periodically search and remove leftover DLLs that were respawning root certificates on Dell's laptops.

eDellRoot, the first root certificate

Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered that some Dell models were shipped out with a root certificate, accompanied by a private key. This root certificate was called eDellRoot and allowed attackers to extract it and then execute Man-in-the-Middle attacks, intercepting secure HTTPS communications between the affected models and HTTPS-enabled servers.

The company acknowledged the issue and said it would stop doing it, taking a serious blow to its reputation. This was because the company did the very same thing that Lenovo had done in February, when it got skewered by the press and dragged through courts.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft...6783.shtml
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 09:19 PM
Guess we're forced not to use Windows Defender anymore. You can easily get rid of this!
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 09:24 PM
(29-11-2015, 09:19 PM)SSL Proxy Wrote: Guess we're forced not to use Windows Defender anymore. You can easily get rid of this!

Wait, what? It's a good thing that Windows Defender removes the dell root certificate as it poses a security risk. (just like what happen with SuperFish and Lenovo)
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 09:27 PM
So, I still don't like Windows Defender honestly never used it!

Always used good virus scanners etc!
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 09:32 PM
(29-11-2015, 09:27 PM)SSL Certificate Wrote: So, I still don't like Windows Defender honestly never used it!

Always used good virus scanners etc!


Windows Defender is a good virus scanner when used along with other forms of scanners. I prefer to use a lot of the default apps as it will lower the chances of having a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death).
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Posted: 29-11-2015, 11:14 PM
At least Microsoft did something good this time. They've had a lot of bad press lately.
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Posted: 21-12-2015, 05:08 AM
haha if only i had known about this before
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