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 20:14 UTC

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

Yep. We keep this machine patched religiously and run Symantec AntiVirus, and malware still gets through. This is without clicking on any email attachments or visiting porn sites. One gets tired of being under siege from malware.