February 07, 2006

Proof that LUA makes you safer

I was reading a post over at AdminFoo today when Bryan showed an interesting graphic taken from eWeek Magazine that shows how effective LUA really is in the midst of all the current forms of malware and spyware in the field these days. I thought I would post it for my readers to check out.

This is pretty compelling evidence that by using least privilege you can significantly reduce the risk to your computing environments by eliminating the ability for malware to take hold on your system. Take another look at Bryan's post to also get some insight on the original article, and some recommendations he has on how you can use tools like Supsu for LUA now.

And of course, you HAVE read "Applying the Principle of Least Privilege to User Accounts on Windows XP" published by the Microsoft Solutions for Security and Compliance group (MSSC) haven't you?

Posted by SilverStr at February 7, 2006 02:11 PM | TrackBack

Really makes it clear why the mantra is "there's no difference between Power User and Administrator".

Posted by: Alun Jones at February 7, 2006 03:44 PM

That's amazing. OK, I have scanned and now downloaded the MSSC document. It looks like SupSU might be smoother than MakeMeAdmin.

One thing I'm looking for is having simple installers that can be run from LUA and that only need to spawn a privileged task for a momentary purpose, like adding registry entries. It would be great if there was some sort of amalgamation of techniques that would have that work.

The use case I have in mind is simply registering a DLL in a way that works easily for a developer (who is LUA the rest of the time) and also in the deployment.

It looks like the pieces should be there.

Posted by: orcmid at February 7, 2006 05:06 PM

Thanks for the link Dana!

Posted by: bryan at February 7, 2006 05:34 PM