New computers – Windows 7 – security and permissions (2)
Had an interesting experience.
There is a file I keep with some reference material. For a number of years I’ve had this in the root directory of the drive on most of my machines. I tried to update it the other day.
Windows 7 apparently would not let me modify anything in the top-level directory, even though properties showed that I had full control. I tried a variety of different ways to make these permissions effective. No dice.
Eventually I found myself somewhere that offered to let me blow off permissions for the root directory. Permanently.
I thought it over, and eventually decided not to. Generally, I’d agree that having the ability to write to the root directory might possibly be dangerous, in a somewhat bizarre set of circumstances. But I decided that moving the file wasn’t that much of an issue. So I let the permissions lie.
But I’m left with some questions. My first reaction, once I got to the screen that would let me change the permissions, was to blow them away. I was so frustrated by the roadblocks and lack of information provided by Windows 7 that I probably wasn’t thinking completely clearly. And I’d suspect I’m not alone in this.
The other question is: why on earth did Windows 7 allow me to put the files there in the first place, but not allow me to modify them? Isn’t the ability to put a file there in the first place even more of a security risk?