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New Microsoft patent may put Linux security components at risk

Nov 13, 2009, 12:34 (5 Talkback[s])

"he patent claims in 7,617,530 appear to be for system software which, when an application needs a higher privilege level, displays a graphical list of users with the privileges required to perform the task. Selecting one of the users and entering that user's password allows the task to be performed with that users privilege.

"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."

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