Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2008 20:35 UTC, submitted by diegocg
X11, Window Managers The X Windowing System is the graphical backbone of most UNIX-like operating systems (and OpenVMS) - despite lots and lots of criticism, the system has withstood the test of time. Despite its age, development on X has not slowed down - in fact, it only seems to have picked up. A few weeks ago, we had kernel-based mode setting, and today we have the X server running as user instead of root.
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RE: Old news...
by Rahul on Mon 12th May 2008 22:40 UTC in reply to "Old news..."
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Privilege separation is good. We do that all the time with various technologies even in X (SELinux, PolicyKit, D-Bus etc) but the real problem here is the underlying software itself has security risks because of the architecture. A fundamental change is needed and that is what is happening now. Some Unix system or distributions papering over the real problem and playing in a sandbox does not really solve it for the rest of the world.

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