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« Thread started on: Oct 13th, 2017, 5:18pm »

I used Stickies for several years already. Few months ago I started to work in a company which recently started to blacklist Stickies as an insecure software.

Among others, here are some indicators pointed by our security department about Stickies: listening TCP port, hooks for SMTP/MAPI server connections, DNS/NetBios resolution calls with gethostbyaddr() function, putting scripts in Windows folder, etc.

I do not believe that there is any malicious intent behind such an activity, but it is a great pity that it prevents the use of Stickies within a corporate environment.
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 16th, 2017, 4:10pm »

Heh well I could name another app which does those things - it's called Outlook!

Of course, that's published, and signed, by a huge trustworthy organisation, and Stickies is not, so I do appreciate it's not the same thing.

It's every network administrator's place to safeguard their network, so I can't criticise your admin for being cautious. Sure, Stickies is perfectly safe, but then any malware author will tell you the same thing about their software, so how do you tell the difference?

Perhaps you could monitor the app to see when it establishes a listening IP port (and see whether it only does so when that feature is enabled). It doesn't "hook" SMTP or MAPI, but it does speak both those protocols. Sniff the network and see if the exe does anything you don't like. The installer puts a script into the system folder, yes, and it's so that I can get away without writing a proper uninstaller. That one is a bit poor form, but it's a very readable batch file.

Finally, there's the fact that today Stickies has its 18th birthday. What malware would still be around for that long?!

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