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Chapter 10. Deploying Scripts for Comput... > Scripting Security Issues

Scripting Security Issues

As you've seen in the last few hundred pages, scripts are powerful tools and can get their fingers into every nook and cranny of Windows. It's bad enough that anyone can write and run a script on their own computer, but in this chapter, you've seen that they can be invisibly sent to and run on other computers. It's enough to keep a network security manager up nights with bad dreams and indigestion. (I have mentioned Prilosec® already, haven't I?)

The good news is that most of the serious management functions require Administrator privileges. All scripts, including remote scripts, execute in the security context of the users who run them. Therefore, the damage they can do is limited to whatever damage the user can do sitting at the computer directly. This isn't much help if a user gets duped into running a malicious script contained in a Web page, sent in an e-mail attachment, or just found lying around.


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