Microsoft is developing a new feature for the Chromium-based Edge browser that will prevent users from accidentally launching the browser as an “administrator.” Running or elevating permissions as an “administrator” gives you more administrative rights to your browser, but it also means you don’t need additional permissions to access sensitive content.
Although permission elevation is necessary for some applications, it is generally not recommended to elevate permissions for any browser. This is because we usually access web pages or download files through our browser, which can be abused by malware if the browser has too many permissions.
On chromium-based new Edge browsers, only one bubble jumps out of the toolbar when running as an administrator. However, this feature has been removed after users complained excessively.
“We’re actually just trying to warn the user (in Edge) through a bubble dialog box in the corner, but this happens more often than we thought because the browser started from an advanced program like the installer and we decided to remove the warning because of a wide range of complaints from users,” Microsoft said.
Microsoft now plans to automatically lower permissions when other browsers, such as Chrome and Edge, start with higher permissions. To do this, Microsoft will detect whether the browser is running as a right-to-rights method. Once detected, Microsoft will reopen the browser .exe explorer via explorer to allow the browser to run at the same user level as the shell and automatically reduce permissions.
“The goal of this change is to address the issue of most users opening their browsers with a right of right without the need for a right of rights,” Microsoft said. Once this change is implemented, Microsoft says your browser will not elevate permissions to start downloaded programs and sub-processes. This will improve browser security and resolve the issue that caused the tab content to be empty.