Are you disappointed that
Windows 8 might not support Desktop Gadgets
? Then you really won't like this news: Microsoft wants you to stop using them on Windows 7 and Vista, too. Immediately. That's not because of some deep-rooted hate for the visual helpers, but because of concerns that hackers could use new Gadget and Sidebar exploits to deep-root your PC.
security advisory released yesterday
, Microsoft announced that it has developed
an automated Fix It for completely disabling Gadgets and Sidebars
in current Windows devices. There's no word if a future patch would allow users to safely reactivate the software.
What's all the hub-bub about? Microsoft isn't saying, but
that two researchers plan on disclosing "a number of interesting attack vectors" in a seminar entitled "We Have You By The Gadgets" at the Black Hat conference later this month. In fact, the Microsoft security advisory specifically thanks Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg -- those very researchers -- "for working with us on Gadget vulnerabilities."