Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Mar 2009 13:27 UTC
Windows For Windows 7, Microsoft has made some changes to User Account Control to counter the criticism that UAC was too intrusive. It didn't take long before several holes were poked in Windows 7's default UAC settings, and now one is left to wonder: is it wise to sacrifice security for (perceived?) usability? Ars has an editorial that deals with this question.
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RE: Run as...
by darknexus on Thu 5th Mar 2009 16:09 UTC in reply to "Run as..."
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Agreed. And I don't see many OS X users complaining they need to enter their password to confirm an administrator action. It, well, makes sense. Also, I like OS X's concept of an admin account, it simply means that you're in the sudoers file and have elevated access to a few folders. For Ubuntu users, this is the same concept Ubuntu uses for their "administer the system" privilege. It doesn't give you the power to do whatever you want without prompting--you can still do whatever you want, but you usually have to enter your password before you can do something really foolish. If you're not an admin account in OS X, and you try to do something that requires one, you need to enter both an admin account and password to temporarily escolate yourself.
People complain that average users don't know or care about system security. I don't see many Mac users, many of whom are the same average 'john doe" type of users, complaining overly much about this on that platform, and it does force them to slow down a bit and think about what they're doing. An ok button, as in UAC, by contrast is a reflex action. I suppose that was inevitable with UAC, though, given that it was designed primarily to annoy developers rather than actually secure the system against wreckless users.

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RE[2]: Run as...
by google_ninja on Fri 6th Mar 2009 14:00 in reply to "RE: Run as..."
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2006-02-05

If all you see is an Ok button, your user is running in the administrators group, which is the equivilent of running as the administrative user on osx, or running as root on ubuntu. Running as a non admin on vista will make a credential box pop up where you enter the username and password of the user you want to execute the action as.

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