Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Jan 2007 20:11 UTC, submitted by sogabe
Zeta MauriceK writes about security in the ZETA operating system. Apparently magnussoft, sole distributor of ZETA, makes security claims [on the German version] that with ZETA "it is not possible to examine a system from the outside without notifying the user due to the architecture of this software." MauriceK seems to think differently, and even gives examples on how code can be executed without the user's knowledge in ZETA. In related news, BeUnited is no more. Instant update: the discussion concerning security just made its appearance on the Haiku m-l.
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by Nicholas Blachford on Sat 6th Jan 2007 14:18 UTC in reply to "RE: mailing list comment"
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Because it is what backups are for and it has nothing to do with *security*.
It's like saying "I want a hammer that won't let me destroy stuff in my home...unless I actually want to destroy stuff in my home".

This is a very bad analogy, a hammer isn't likely to go round the house and destroy stuff of it's own accord. I have to physically pick up the hammer and do the damage myself.

On a computer the "hammer" can do it all itself without any user intervention. What's more, the hammer can pretend to be a pretty picture hanging on the wall, so you don't even know it is a hammer.

The problem is any file in my home directory can do whatever it likes. It should be the other way around, it should only be able to mess around with other files if I say so.

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