Windows Defender can now run in a sandbox

Via the Microsoft Security Blog:

Windows Defender Antivirus has hit a new milestone: the built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox. With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to lead the industry in raising the bar for security.
Sandboxes isolate processes in such a way as to prevent them from causing systemic harm, and because of the way modern antiviruses work, many of them have proven vulnerable to targeted arbitrary code execution attacks -- that's right, proof-of-concept malware exists that can exploit the antivirus suite! This is a major step toward improving the security of the Windows platform, and as far as I can tell, Defender is the first in its class to adopt this sort of fortification.

Right now, It's not set up by default. I'd imagine that may change in the near future.
Users can also force the sandboxing implementation to be enabled by setting a machine-wide environment variable (setx /M MP_FORCE_USE_SANDBOX 1) and restarting the machine. This is currently supported on Windows 10, version 1703 or later.

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