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: Security OR usability?
by dagw on Thu 5th Mar 2009 17:17 UTC in reply to "Security OR usability?"
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-UNIX-style permissions.
- strict seperation of administrator and user, like in UNIX-ish opsyses.

If they're going to start from zero and do things 'right' why would they use these ancient approaches? Even in the Unix world people are looking at ways to move beyond these concepts with technologies like ACL and SELinux.

Windows actually has good file permission and user/admin separation. The problem isn't one of technology. but one of culture. Windows has always had a culture that everybody could use and access everything and far too many developers have developed their applications based on this assumption. Improving the technology won't do much without at the same time re-educating the developers.

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