Windows 10 Bug Let UWP Apps Access All Files Without Permission

DrakeFS

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Only if they are ran as admin, which the user has to consent to. The privacy part, access to that specific user's files, every win32 app has access to. The issue with the UWP apps, is that they had access when the user would think they did not have access. A little more dangerous in my book.

 

Nolonar

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That's only since UAC, introduced with Vista. It's one of Vista's most hated features, to the point where even Tom's Hardware listed it as one of the "10 Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away" (https://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/853-windows-10-settings-you-should-change.html#s11). They may have removed UAC from that list, but not before plenty of people criticizing them for recommending making their PCs vulnerable.

So is it a problem that UWP apps can access files without asking for permission? Yes, it sure is.
Do people care? A shockingly lot of them apparently don't.
 

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