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Authored by: hayne on Mar 04, '05 03:51:52PM
If any of those "hardcore Unix admins" have done this, I hope they only run command-line programs or GUI apps that they themselves have written and so can have complete trust in.

As others have explained (e.g. 'bbum' above), the problem is that any program running under your account can (with this "hint") get full control of the machine. And a sufficiently clever piece of malware can do this without leaving any noticeable trace - so you might never know that your machine has been taken over.

I strongly recommend against implementing this hint.

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