Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:07 UTC
Mac OS X Normally we don't report on every fart that gets patented by the big companies, but the following patent by Apple is actually pretty interesting: Apple has patented a method to store a user's ~/ directory (home directory) on external storage (the iPod?), making it portable. This will enable users to carry all their settings, programs, and files with them, so they can load up any Mac in the world with their own settings, programs, and files. Obviously, this is 'just' a patent, and by no means a definitive feature of Leopard or Leopard+1, but interesting nonetheless. Is this Apple's answer to Google's OS?
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patents are patently silly
by GregM on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:32 UTC
GregM
Member since:
2006-01-07

Looks like this is the key point:
The computer operating system would be built to recognise user accounts held not just on the computer itself, but on such external storage devices.

Local privilege escalation attacks just got a little easier.

Edited 2006-10-11 20:37

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RE: patents are patently silly
by Kroc on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:40 in reply to "patents are patently silly"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Not really, all though it adds a 'vector' per-se, OS X's UNIX permissions are reliable, and an iPod user would find themselves isolated from other users' folders, and most likely, lowered privledges that would prevent them from deleting any file not in their own home. This isn't Windows you know where you can freely delete /install the hell you like.

(edit: corrected lazy typing)

Edited 2006-10-11 20:55

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jziegler Member since:
2005-07-14

What the parent meant, I think, was that this would give you local account access on a machine, where you did not have one prior to connecting that iPod. That is one step closer to getting the root account.

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