Win 11 system requirements and compatibility talk

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Sean Nelson
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Re: Win 11 system requirements and compatibility talk

abelits wrote:

Sean Nelson wrote:

abelits wrote:

Sean Nelson wrote:

I'm not aware of any way to circumvent Controlled Folders other than by replacing an existing ".exe" image that's authorized to access those folders.

Nevertheless to make it _look_ like the request is coming from a different executable, it's sufficient to make an executable with the name that looks like legitimate one (for example, with identical symbols from a different language, like "fоо" instead of "foo"), place it into a directory in a very long path that can't be displayed whole, reproduce the whole warning message inside the file name, etc.

That's relying on user ignorance to not fully validate the name that they're enabling.

It may work with some naive users but it's not likely to for those who are savvy enough to turn on controlled folder access.

The name or the message will look absolutely identical. To see the difference you would have to bring up a debugger.

You could, for example, copy and paste the full path name into a console window using "dir" to see where the file resides.  You can also, when authorizing the executable, type the name in yourself using the characters you believe should be in the name, or copy and paste them from the bona fide executable file.

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