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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Virus-safe computing?
by Russian Guy on Fri 10th Jun 2005 23:23 UTC

"The result: Standard programs, like Microsoft Word, are limited so that they can edit the document you have open and nothing else."

Did these guy hear about Word macro viruses? That type of viruses which only "edits" the document you have open and nothing else.