It’s somewhat to be expected of Microsoft to build additional mitigation layers into the next major iteration of Windows, and it appears that one extra security mechanism has been confirmed for Windows 8 on top of what’s available by default today in Windows 7.
Softpedia readers might remember that in late 2010 I began writing a series of articles designed to outline some of the items on my Windows vNext wish list.
“Windows 8 Feature Wish List Item: App Blacklisting” is just one such article, which continues to be live (read it via this link).
In the piece mentioned above I argued the need for an application blacklisting mechanism in Windows 8.
At the time, it was clear to me that Microsoft needed to do something more than just provide the User Account Control to customers in order to block malicious software or malformed code from running on Windows.
UAC is certainly an extremely useful tool as far as I’m concerned, but it can’t really block malware from infecting a Windows PC if the user absolutely wants to run it, bypassing the mitigation.