A life of privilege

Taking Root

Article from Issue 141/2012

Granting root access, even temporarily, is rife with danger. Capabilities could help.

One topic that keeps coming up in security discussions of Windows vs. Linux is the whole “Administrator vs. root” argument. With Windows, you pretty much have to log in with administrative privileges. If you log in to Windows as a normal user, you’ll have a heck of a time using a lot of programs because as a non-administrative user, installing software is usually out of the question.

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