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Re: Microsoft Patents the "sudo" command
From: "Larry Seltzer" <larry () larryseltzer com>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:25:52 -0500


http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/New-Microsoft-patent-may-put-
Linux-security-components-at-risk-857848.html

From the article:

This behaviour is very similar to that of PolicyKit, with the only 
apparent difference being that PolicyKit requires applications to 
request privileges, whereas the 7,617,350 patent allows the operating 
system to block a privileged action and then offer the user a way to 
raise their privileges.

I'm not a fan of software patents, but this seems to be a meaningful
difference. Apps aren't written for Windows to request privilege
elevation and a system which handles it automatically is a better one.

And as the article says, the claim in the subject line of this thread is
nonsense. It's obvious to anyone who reads the patent, which is a very
short one.

Larry Seltzer
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larry_seltzer () ziffdavis com 
http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/

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