Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2005.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Gratuitous honesty

Posted 11 August 2005

Robert Hensing, part of Microsoft's Secure Windows Initiative, presented at Northwestern's IT Security Day

Robert : I have a biometric security system for my computer at home, so all I have to do to login is put my finger on the pad, and it automatically logs me in. Either of these two log me into my account waves index fingers , these are for the administrator account holds up pinkies , and this is for my wife flips off the audience.

Discussing running software as a regular user

Robert : Can anyone think of insecure apps they'd never want to run as an administrator?
Audience : "Outlook!" "Internet Explorer!"
Robert : Coughs Yeah.

Mentioning the new IE7 release in passing

Robert : There's just software I don't trust, and I never will. Internet Explorer 7 may be great and all, but...yeah. Shrugs shoulders