When Using LUA, Should Admin Account Have Password?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Throwawayaccount12, Nov 13, 2013.

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  1. Throwawayaccount12

    Throwawayaccount12 Registered Member

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    On Windows 7 and Windows 8 when usually using a standard account and being the only person with physical access to the computer, is security increased when the admin account is password protected?
     
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    Short answer: yes. Im sure somebody can explain it in more detail. (im on my phone now so I don't want to type it)
     
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    The most secure way to elevate would be to sign out (using fast user switch) then sign in to the administrator account. This way you could probably get away with not using a password. If using over the shoulder elevation or UAC prompt for credentials then I would definitely suggest using a password as malware would have an easier time determining the token used for elevation (which isn't very hard AFAIK), which is why I suggest the first option to elevate.
     
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    Thanks! I was looking for that link in my bookmarks for him/her :thumb:
     
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    You're welcome :)
     
  7. Throwawayaccount12

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    Thank you for the replies.

    For persons wondering whether computer security is improved when the standard account has a password, here is mechBgon's answer.
     
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