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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by kaiwai on Thu 1st Apr 2010 02:22 UTC
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Unfortunately this is a side effect of Microsoft's promise of 'backwards compatibility for ever'. What Microsoft need to do is rip out all the old backwards compatibility code that exist within Windows, enforce probably user separation and to hell to the loss of compatibility. What will be the result? you will see slower sales, you will see slower upgrades but eventually people will move to the new version - Microsoft will just have to have the patience to be willing to put up with slower sales. The problem is that I don't see it happening because Microsoft management want to make changes with zero sacrifice nor do they want to front their shareholders and explain to them the long term strategic reason they made a decision that will yield in short term sacrifices by way of lower growth or lower profits.

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