Request For Candidates: Application Review Board
luke at faraone.cc
Thu Aug 26 16:15:01 BST 2010
On 08/26/2010 10:59 AM, Marc Deslauriers wrote:
> Installing an application with user privileges is a bad idea.
> Application software should not be vulnerable to tampering, either
> accidentally by the user himself, or by malware running in the user's
> security context. This will make the apps installed via the app store
> unreliable and susceptible to be trojaned.
That makes sense, but we do want to make it possible (most of the time)
for unprivledged users to install new applications, as long as those new
applications don't provide any avenue for the user to elevate their
privledges. Maybe a non-user-controllable / -modifiable, but
user-initiated install path would be useful for a certain class of
applications. (without publishing the application for all users of the
> One of the reason that Linux
> is more reliable than other operating systems, is that a user can only
> muck up his own directory. Let's not mess this up by using security as a
Of course, on a single-user-system, $HOME is where all the interesting
stuff is. If malware were to execute as a user, that malware can then do
anything the user can do, and watch the same user, say, log in to her
banking site, or enter a root password.
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