Apps? No root? Your device serves others: Berners-Lee

The right to have root on your machine, that is, full administrator access to your computing devices including smartphones, is a key issue, Sir Tim Berners-Lee told a geek-heavy audience at the Linux.conf.au 2013 conference in Canberra this morning.

The right to have root on your machine is the right to store things which operate on your behalf, he said.

Berners-Lee recognised that when ordinary users have administrator rights on their devices, it introduces a security risk: The applications they install might inherit those rights and use them to perform malicious actions.

In the situation that we have apps working on someone else’s behalf, then we need to work on the security models. The JavaScript security models, the containment of cross-site access, are the best we can do at the moment… If you’ve got ideas about how we can make it more manageable and more powerful… I’d like to hear — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Share this Story
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Portland Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Abby Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Linen Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Passage Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Stacked / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Rainbow Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Festive Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Ornament Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Terracotta Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brunch / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Salmon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Citrus Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Lemon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Olive Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ocean Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
Load More Related Articles
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Portland Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ghost / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Abby Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Butterscotch Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Columbia Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Linen Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Retro / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Ashbury Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Mysterioso Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Parkside Geometric Pattern: Diamond Star: Passage Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Stacked / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Rainbow Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Festive Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Ornament Geometric Pattern: Circle Nested: Terracotta Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brunch / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Salmon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Citrus Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Lemon Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Olive Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Ocean Geometric ...
  • Art

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Stone / Red Wolf

    Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Bluestone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Brownstone Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Pebble Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Portland Geometric Pattern: Aperture: Sandstone Geometric ...
Load More By Red Wolf
Load More In Technology

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photos from Flickr