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Where Is Your GodMode Now?!?

What do you know?  One of the black hats' little secrets has just gotten out into the wild, and it's springing up on computer blogs all over.

If you've ever wondered how malicious code under Windows can circumvent damn near anything, there's a nifty little backdoor that has been nicknamed "GodMode."  Want to experience the fun for yourself?  Here's what you do:

1)  Get yerself to a Win machine running Fista or 7.  Sorry, Linux fans, WINE or CrossOver won't work on this.

2)  Create a folder.  Give it any name you want, be it "GodMode" or "TuxRulz" or "StallmanIsSoAwesomeItHurts."  Whatever creams your Twinkee.

3)  Now, select renaming the folder.  After whatever the name is, put a dot and then this text string, exactly as between the quotes:  {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}.  So the final folder would look something like HollyFaraday.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

4)  The folder icon will turn into something resembling a control panel.  From here, you can change all kinds of things down to the mouse pointer.  Congratulate yourself on your l337 h4xx0r sk1llz, no one will call you a script kiddie anymore.

Supposedly, Redmond is finding the focus this has drawn amusing.  They say it's in there for developers, not for end users.  Uh...maybe you should strip that feature out of non-dev systems?  A malicious program can create the folder and use system calls to hijack your machine through this folder, and your precious firewalls and antivirus won't be able to do a goddamn thing.

This "feature" is in 7 and Fista.  Well, 32-bit Fista.  64-bit users claim it creates system instability and will make it crash.  You know, just like regular programs do.

Here's some more strings that have gotten out to enable more GodModes until Windoze:

{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

These aren't as all-encompassing as the first string I mentioned, but here you go, more toys for the playground.

Oh, and in the interest of snark, a poster called WinNoMo wrote, "I asked Microsoft what they could do to make Snow Leopard look even better. Then, out comes Windows 7. I'm a Mac and Windows 7 was my idea."

I thought that was funny.

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