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Re: Anyone else notice that Swen is slowing down?

I wrote:
> Such power users should be able to have the noexec removed on request.
> Of course, they will be given a lecture and if they screw up will get no
> sympathy.

Michael C. writes:
> I wasn't aware that you can do this (unless you maintain different
> partitions for each user.)

I am assuming that we are talking about single-user machines under central
administration.  On a multi-user system you could give the power user a
directory on an exec-mounted partition and symlink it to bin/ in his home
directory.  You could also just move his home directory to an exec-mounted
power-user partition which he would share with other power-users.

I would be very resistant to such requests on a multi-user system.

I wrote:
> Does the market really want that?  Why?  (That's an honest question.  While
> I know this feature exists on Windows, I've never seen an example of what
> it is for.)

Michael C. writes:
> I've seen plenty of examples of what this feature is used for, which is
> one of several reasons that I typically avoid MS.

My only experience with Windows was running NT on a client's machine for a
few months in the mid-90's.  The machine was not on any network.  Examples,
please?  I really am curious.

> How else is a virus supposed to propagate?

By doing something clever.  Tricking the user into clicking is too easy.
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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