Any thoughts on MakeMeAdmin?  


  1. Posts : 798
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       #1

    Any thoughts on MakeMeAdmin?


    makemeadmin.com

    Just testing it on my Windows 10 machine and I got to say itís pretty good.

    Now the question, is this trustworthy enough to use?
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  2. Posts : 16,192
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3693
       #2

    makemeadmin said:
    Make Me Admin is a simple, open-source application for Windows that allows standard user accounts to be elevated to administrator-level, on a temporary basis.
    The dialog commonly called the 'Admin prompt' allows standard user accounts access to elevated administrator-level processes on a temporary basis.
    Make Me Admin appears to be pointless, benefit-less.

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 798
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Why pointless? Please explain that part? Iím just testing it, but why is pointless?
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  4. Posts : 41,466
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       #4

    You might compare Powerrun
    PowerRun v1.6 (Run with highest privileges)

    - not the same function, but you might wish to be aware of it.
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  5. Posts : 798
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    What security risk does makemeadmin have?
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  6. Posts : 16,192
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    win10freak said:
    Why pointless? Please explain that part? Iím just testing it, but why is pointless?
    Because, as I wrote above, it says it is doing what Windows already does.
    makemeadmin said:
    Make Me Admin is a simple, open-source application for Windows that allows standard user accounts to be elevated to administrator-level, on a temporary basis.
    Try3 said:
    The dialog commonly called the 'Admin prompt' allows standard user accounts access to elevated administrator-level processes on a temporary basis.
    What benefit do you think it brings you?

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 798
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Well, the thing I really like about it as after I launch the makemeasadmin, and after choosing Run as Administrator when I want to install an app I get to choose my own standard user account password.

    But without the makemeadmin, then it does require you to use the Admin password from the Run as Admin UAC.
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  8. Posts : 16,192
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    win10freak said:
    ... when I want to install an app I get to choose my own standard user account password.
    That should make no difference. If an app affects more than a single user account then it needs Admin permission to proceed and it is then available for all accounts.
    If an app does not affect other accounts then its installation will not need to be elevated.


    win10freak said:
    ...But without the makemeadmin, then it does require you to use the Admin password from the Run as Admin UAC.
    I'm not sure what you mean by "the Run as Admin UAC".
    If you are signed in to an Admin user account then you get challenged to confirm permission to proceed in a dialog that requires clicking on a Yes button.
    If you are signed in to a Standard user account then you get challenged to confirm permission to proceed in a dialog that requires an Admin username & password to be entered.


    A question: If you use MakeMeAdmin and you authorise 5 minutes of Admin work, are you challenged to give any further confirmation if a second Admin task is run?
    If it could just run without any further challenge, I'd call that inferior to Windows mechanisms because they only authorise the specific task that is identified in the Admin prompt.


    All the best,
    Denis
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  9. Posts : 591
    Windows 7
       #9

    You're both missing the point of this tool.

    MakeMeAdmin allows a remote admin to temporarily move a normal user into the Administrators group, launch their UAC request, and later revoke access by removing their membership.

    It's not designed for the typical home user, only to make life easier for IT admins to grant temporary rights.

    Is it secure? Depends on how you define security. For the IT admin, if the software works, they know when the user gets UAC privileges, and when it's been revoked. For the user, as long as they're part of the Admin group, it's no different than being a local Administrator.

    MakeMeAdmin is not secure if you expect protection against the user (or the software they run) putting in backdoors for later hacking. While it does syslogging (to a remote server), a clever enough person can find ways to hide exploits.

    For example, I could make a fake copy of a legitimate install script and add extra commands. Even if the script's name is logged, is your IT admin paying enough attention to know Setup.cmd isn't the real command, but Setup.bat is?


    I will agree there's no advantage using this tool on a home PC. If you don't trust someone else to have permanent rights, but at the same time allow them to run commands without your supervision -- makes no sense.
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  10. Posts : 16,192
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3693
       #10

    garlin said:
    You're both missing the point of this tool.
    I reject your assertion.

    Denis
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