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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Release It! - Chapter 12.1 The Principle of Least Privilege

The principle of “least privilege” mandates that a process should have the lowest level of privilege needed to accomplish its task -- which usually means running as a non-admin user.  Using privileged accounts gives crackers a place to attack your systems. To further contain vulnerabilities, each major application should have its own user, such as "tomcat" for an Apache Tomcat process.

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