Linux expert Matthew Garrett: Ubuntu 16.04’s new Snap format is a security risk

The new Snap app package format is a headline feature of the new Ubuntu 16.04, touted by Canonical as a secure way of developing software that makes it impossible for an app to steal your data.

“The security mechanisms in Snap packages allow us to open up the platform for much faster iteration across all our flavours as Snap applications are isolated from the rest of the system,” Olli Ries, head of Canonical’s Ubuntu client platform products and releases wrote earlier this month.

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