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shanenin

Drive-by Downloads

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I have always told clients that they usually got infected by agreeing to and installing a bad program/executable. I have been hesitant to believe simply going to a website without manually installing anything could cause a problem. How does a drive by install work? Do these only work on unpatched(no service packs) computers?

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Doesn't windows always prompt you before any install is initiated?

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There are the kind where the user is "tricked" into installing something malicious. There are also downloads that require no user-interaction at all. These usually enter the user's computer by means of exploits in the browser, email client, OS, etc. Windows Metafile vulnerability is a good example.

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