Windows Safe Mode is, contradictorily, very unsafe

by Angela Karl
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix vulnerabilities

Windows Safe Mode has been a useful feature for security professionals since its entrance to the market in 1995. While computers and cyber security have changed drastically over these years, it’s still an important tool. With it, you can understand certain issues with a computer or remove malware. As Safe Mode was designed to be focused on stability and efficiency, third-party software (yes, that includes security tools) are prevented from running. CyberArk Labs recently discovered the serious flaw in this design. According to CyberArk’s report, after an attacker is able to enter and gain local administrator privileges on an infiltrated computer, they are able to remotely activate Windows Safe Mode to “bypass and manipulate endpoint security measures.”