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SubjectRe: Linux Security: An Appeal

> Advocating an alternative mechanism for enabling better control of
> security issues is far different than suggesting that UNIX should look
> like MVS.

You are talking about re-engineering the standard unix security system.
You also used MVS as an example of an OS that does it right.
Put flap a in slot b...

> Now, if you have been reading the discussions regarding security, etc,
> with a jaundiced eye of one who has had to try answering the security
> critics... you'd probably look at the article again and reconsider.

I'm in shock - such a tact is reserved by some poor parents to scold
their children. Not only do I find it repulsive, it is quite insulting.

Back to security...
Let me try again to make my point: you cannot change the unix security
system without fundamentally changing unix to the point where it is
no longer unix, but something else instead. Attempting to bolt on
a new security system without completely re-engineering an OS from
the ground up, is bound to have complications (quota is an example of this).

We are both entitled to our opinions. Have the courtesy to respect
the opinions of others, even if you disagree with them.

Andrew E. Mileski
Linux Plug-and-Play Kernel Project
XFree86 Matrox Team

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