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Re: sufficient account management checking for locally defined users

On Wed, May 15, 2002 at 03:52:02AM +0930, Richard Sharpe wrote:
> On Tue, 14 May 2002, Nicolas Williams wrote:
> Yes!
> Yes!
> Yes!
> >  - SIDs really are superior to UIDs/GIDs - to begin with SIDs support a
> >    hierarchical namespace, whereas UID/GIDs can only implement a flat
> >    namespace
> This is one thing that Windows got right :-)

Indeed. And the principal area where *nix incarnations have not improved.

At least *BSD and Solaris have cred_t and treat it sufficiently opaquely
that very little kernel code needs to be changed (but lots must be
added). Whereas Linux still spreads all sorts of process credential info
all over the proc structs.

> Well, Andrew Tridgell wants to push SIDs into the [Linux] kernel and I 
> want to push them into FreeBSD, and indeed, the work being done in FreeBSD 
> anticipates much of what you want, I think :-)

Have you formulated the APIs yet? I'd love to help specify this...

> Regards
> -----
> Richard Sharpe, rsharpe@ns.aus.com, rsharpe@samba.org, 
> sharpe@ethereal.com

Thank you, you've made my day :)

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