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Re: Microsoft Patents the "sudo" command
From: "Todd C. Miller" <Todd.Miller () courtesan com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:36:19 -0500

In message <4AFC1708.7040508 () gmail com>
        so spake Leandro Malaquias (lm.net.security):

Website: http://gizmodo.com/5402796/microsoft-patents-the-sudo-command
Patent: 
http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1
&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,617,530.PN.&OS=PN/7,617,530&RS
=PN/7,617,530 

This doesn't sound like it would cover sudo to me, or even a
GUI-wrapper for sudo.  While I am not a patent attorney, I have
been hacking on sudo for the past 15+ years.

My reading of the patent indicates that it is geared towards GUI-based
environments where the user may need to perform some action (such
as setting the clock in a control panel) that requires increased
privileges.  The actual "invention" appears to be that the user is
able to perform an action as a different user without having to
type in the name of that other user when authenticating.  One example
given in that patent is the ability to click on a name in a list
of privileged users as opposed to having to type in a user name.

Sudo simply doesn't work this way.

 - todd

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