October 23rd, 2012, 06:25 PM
Setup files that can get around UAC
I just downloaded an old edition of burnaware_free.exe, version 2.3.3, from here:http://www.digital-digest.com/softwa..._free.exe.html
and noticed that when I was logged in as a standard user (not admin) it does not trigger a UAC prompt and allows me to install the application even though I am not running elevated. Typically a setup file in such a circumstance would trigger a UAC prompt with the message: "To continue, type and administrator password and then click Yes."
By contrast version 3.0.1 triggers a UAC prompt for standard users attempting to install it : http://www.digital-digest.com/softwa..._free.exe.html
I looked at all the security settings although I could not work out what was set to turn off UAC for the setup file. Is it common, and what do I look for to determine if a setup file is designed to get around UAC? Could it be a simple manifest issue?
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