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Why the risk of running as root is overblown

Aug 01, 2010, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Please Note: This is only relevant to single-user desktop installations of Linux. The issues I will discuss here don't apply to servers. In fact, the exact opposite applies there.

""Don't run as root" is an oft-repeated mantra of *nix security. While I agree 100%, it's not as big on the desktop as some would think. I'd like to point out why here. I still believe you shouldn't login as root, but I also believe that it's up to each user to make their own decision.

"Think about the data on your computer. What matters to you?"

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