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McAfee Researcher Recommends Removal of Important Windows Accessibility Component to Resolve Potential Vulnerability

March 24, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this article entitled Windows Vista Vulnerable to StickyKeys Backdoor on the McAfee Avert Labs Blog, researcher Vinoo Thomas indicates that a good solution to a potential, though very unlikely, Windows Vista vulnerability is to remove a file critical to the operation of the sticky keys accessibility feature. Unfortunately, Mr. Thomas completely fails to mention that taking such an action may serve to severely limit, or even curtail, use of the computer by a person with a physical disability who may rely on that feature. An IT professional who makes this change may end up making it practically impossible for that disabled person to perform the duties of their job! Even worse, after 21 responses to the article, nobody else bothered to mention this concern. Despite all that we accessibility evangelists do to raise awareness of the needs of technology users with disabilities, it is obvious that ignorance continues to run rampant in the technology industry at large.

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One opinion on “McAfee Researcher Recommends Removal of Important Windows Accessibility Component to Resolve Potential Vulnerability

  1. They will take the easiest method to solve their problems. What a joke. The McAfee suite is the worse piece of security software I have tried here. They wanted me to sign in everytime in order to do the definition updates. I removed it from my Dell notebook as it came preinstalled.

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