Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 14:41 UTC
Windows As geeks, we're well aware of the importance of running as a normal user instead of as root (UNIX/Linux/BSD) or administrator (Windows). However, while this should be common knowledge to anyone reading OSNews, it's often hard to illustrate just how important it is - until now, that is. A report by BeyondTrust looked at how many security bulletins issused by Microsoft are mitigated by simply... Not running as administrator.
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It's not stupid ...
by JoeBuck on Wed 31st Mar 2010 17:17 UTC
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... the problem is that for way too many programs, it is required to run as an administrator, despite the fact that there's no reason to need such privileges. This is particularly the case for older programs that advertise compatibility with several Windows versions: they make privileged calls because they were originally developed without security in mind. And then there are all the sleazy home-grown DRM schemes that, again, require administrator privilege.

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