[extropy-chat] Software exposure: was Re: Eugen Leitl, you got Klez

Rik van Riel riel at surriel.com
Thu Feb 12 02:23:59 UTC 2004

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004, emlyn on nagero wrote:

> Multiuser... what for?

Security.  Every time a normal user runs a virus-loaden program,
that program wouldn't have the permissions necessary to infect
the rest of the system (or, after the introduction of networks,
other systems on the net).

In short, if the system had been multiuser and permissions would
have been split out between the admin user and normal users, we
would not have had the whole virus mess that's wasting my bandwidth
as we speak.

"Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan

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