Vista weather gadget not updating
And when you see error message Weather gadget cannot connect to service, you might wanna check after changing the location to see its weather.
Microsoft told the user not to use the gadget as it makes your computer vulnerable.The warning comes ahead of a talk scheduled for Black Hat later this month by Mickey Shkatov and Toby Kohlenberg.Shkatov and Kohlenberg’s talk, entitled “We have you by the gadgets”, threatens to expose various attack vectors against gadgets, how malicious gadgets can be created, and the flaws they have found in published gadgets.The Windows Sidebar is a vertical bar that can appear at the side of your desktop, containing mini-programs (known as gadgets) that can provide a number of functions such as a clock, the latest news headlines, weather report and so forth.A security advisory issued by Microsoft’s security team advises that vulnerabilities exist that could allow malicious code to be executed via the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets.They’re suggesting you completely nuke your Windows Sidebar and Gadgets.
Which is bad news if you found those sidebar gadgets useful.
If the researchers have managed to find ways to exploit existing gadgets that’s particularly worrying.
Clearly Microsoft is worried about the security researchers’ findings, and has issued a “Fix It Tool” which will protect Windows 7 and Vista users by entirely disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets functionality. Microsoft hasn’t issued a security patch to fix the vulnerability.
Windows 8 comes with apps, so sidebar gadgets are no longer required (in Microsoft’s view).
Nevertheless, sidebar gadgets still worked till February 1 2015.
Issue: Windows Vista and Windows 7 sometimes have problem with Windows Live Gadget as it does not work and gives error message- " Could not connect to Service".