Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 8th Aug 2008 13:14 UTC
Windows This week at the Black Hat Security Conference two security researchers will discuss their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees. According to Dino Dai Zovi, a popular security researcher, "the genius of this is that it's completely reusable. They have attacks that let them load chosen content to a chosen location with chosen permissions. That's completely game over."
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RE[3]: Bottom Line
by Bit_Rapist on Fri 8th Aug 2008 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bottom Line"
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For those who believe Windows to be a multi-user system at the core, log into you Windows box twice as the same user - i.e., run two simultaneous sessions as the same user. Are you there yet?

No problem. Log into the workstation and hit the Run command off the start menu, use RunAs to launch any program you want with the same account. Done.

Even different users being logged in at the same time is done with "fast-user switching".

fast-user switching is only used for multiple logins at the local console. You can connect multiple users remotely including the loading of their entire user profile and desktop without fast user switching. On XP you'll need to hack a DLL as MS imposed an artificial limitation to protect terminal services licenses but the OS is otherwise fully capable of it.

The multi-user OS is an illusion.

Really? Sure seems to work with thousands of users at the company I work for.

It is a hobby OS meant to keep track of your CD's and home checkbook. The current web-connected computer was not envisioned when it was created.

The current web connected computer was not envisioned when any of our operating systems in use today were created. NONE of them. They have all had to undergo changes in order to handle todays connected world.

I agree that Microsoft has done a pretty good job of bolting on fine-grained permissions, etc. with the NT kernel.

They've been there since the first release of NT, included as part of the original design. It was the home user market moving to NT largely with XP and Microsoft touting the mindset that the user is the administrator that has created a large part of the mess we experience on windows.

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