Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:10 UTC
Features, Office One of the biggest reasons for many people to switch to a UNIX desktop, away from Windows, is security. It is fairly common knowledge that UNIX-like systems are more secure than Windows. Whether this is true or not will not be up for debate in this short editorial; I will simply assume UNIX-like systems are more secure, for the sake of argument. However, how much is that increased security really worth for an average home user, when you break it down? According to me, fairly little. Here's why.
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You might need sudo to do this, but why not have a directory area that is owned by a second "safe" user and when you want to keep stuff, you run a privileged command to copy the stuff into that area and chown it to the safe user (maybe with, say, u=rw,og=r access so you can read it back from your normal user, but not write over it or delete it)? That "safe" user could even be root if you wanted.

Would such a system completely and utterly negate this article posting by providing an area that can't be overwritten without having the root password, thus stopping worms/viruses/trojan horses from trashing your "must keep them safe" files? Or does the article writer not know about sudo (or an equivalent setuid'ed wrapper concept) and is spouting how insecure UNIX is out of sheer ignorance?

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