Permissions

…from Stuart Baker’s recent testimony to Congress.

A few years ago, it was possible to imagine that improved operating system security would solve most of the problems we faced. If we had written rules then, they would have focused heavily on patches, and updates, and the responsibilities of operating system producers. But Microsoft in particular has devoted enormous resources to building security into its operating system – to making sure that programs cannot run without the user’s permission.

I had the opportunity to hear Mr. Baker speak recently on a panel, and, though he is clearly an intelligent man, his comment about Microsoft finally getting on the permissions bandwagon (which Unix has been doing since Day 1) is humorous.

He does make a great panelist, though.

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