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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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by strcpy on Thu 1st Apr 2010 07:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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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.


I don't know. What I've personally learned from software engineering is that most things can (and should) be done in backwards compatible manner. At the other extreme you have Linux, where, well, the side effects of not giving a damn about any kind of compatibility are equally well known...

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