Windows Needs Permissions

April 9, 2005 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Rants, Technology | Leave a comment

Microsoft, like most corporations, actually does not admit wrongdoing or boneheaded technical decisions, especially with regards to Windows security. However, their latest developer notes, presentations and a PC World article have hinted at abandoning VMS-style access control lists in favor of file-based permissions, called LUA (Least-privilege User Account). It’s a concept developed and known by the rest of the world for the past 30 years as Unix-style permissions. I’m familiar with ACLs, having used VMS early in my career. However, I cut my teeth on BSD Unix, and prefer the permissions-based model.

It’s good to know that Microsoft and other Windows developers finally acquainting themselves to 1970’s technology. Of course, MS will never admit as much, which is a good thing, because it’s likely they will either screw up their implementation (i.e. “embrace and extend”) for backwards compatibility and developer concerns or find a way to patent it and then sue those who thought of it first.

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