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A new model
Authored by: agraboso on May 13, '04 01:31:51AM

Much more than 2ยข, FlashBIOS.

The discussion in other comments goes always around tricks and roundabouts that only "protect" against a very particular line of code (and at the cost of most probably disturbing the normal functioning of the system).

Computers are just machines: they do what we humans tell them to do. Malicious people tell computers to do malicious things. And this will always happen, no matter how "perfect" the OS any particular machine is running. So, the basic principle is and will always be: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. As it was said before.

But we still must try to make it harder for the bad guys to fool us. The Unix model has been around for a long time now. We have had time enough to notice its pros and cons and we should try to use this experience to improve it. Perhaps we are wasting our energies in this whole discussion about aliasing rm or checking system calls when we should use them in finding new models inheriting from our beloved Unix.

I didn't know anything about SELinux (by the way, here is the NSA link about it), but I will surely have a look on it. Let us see some new ideas.



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