Linked by David Adams on Fri 10th Jun 2005 15:25 UTC, submitted by tm
Bugs & Viruses Many virus attacks aren't really exploiting weaknesses in your operating sytem: they're simply tricking you into telling the OS to do things that it shouldn't do. The OS is just doing its job, executing code when you say so. Researchers at HP Labs are working on a solution to this problem using the Principle of Least Authority, or POLA -- "limiting the rights of each program to only the ones needed for the job the user wants done"
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Re: No system weaknesses?
by Terrapin on Fri 10th Jun 2005 17:38 UTC

"There are many ways virus writers exploit weaknesse in system design: "

Yep. We keep this Windows box patched religiously and have Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, and things still get through even without clicking on attachments in email and without visiting porn sites and such. One gets tired of constantly being under siege from malware.