icon when requesting device administrator privileges
The program required system administrator privileges
to perform its activity.
Plugging a malicious USB device into a Windows PC can grant an attacker administrator privileges
, allowing them to commandeer the computer.
Upon infection, the Podec malware requests administrator privileges
that, once granted, make it impossible to delete or halt the execution of the malware.
If Windows User Account Control prevents extracting or archiving commands to create files in system protected folders, WinRAR attempts to start another copy with administrator privileges
to complete the operation.
In the case of typical Unix and Windows systems, electronic logging and auditing functions are easily defeated by any user with "root" or administrator privileges
. Secure logging and auditing systems that are tamper-resistant and cryptographically signed add a layer of deterrent on top of actual security.
"It can find any account with administrator privileges
across your domain," he says.