why desktop apps are able to kill my freebsd box?

Timo timo.bsdmail at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 00:59:21 UTC 2011

Who decided to run any privileged application, in terms of doing what 
you didn't want it to? Did you at all try to implement anything you were 
not sure of? Or what did you ask again?

What do you want to employ in the first place, and what security risks 
are negotiable? (firefox/freezings? try to reseat every piece of 
hardware until no freeze is found, including cpu, then complain about 

On 2011-07-01 11:00, Michael wrote:
> Why a faulty desktop application run as unprivileged user is able to
> crash my system?
> I mean, I know programs have bugs and sometimes they lead to crashes.
> I'm fine with that. But why a crashing program (for example firefox or
> banshee) is able to kill the whole system?
> And by 'crash' or 'kill' i mean that for whatever reason the system is
> frozen and doesn't reply to anything but a hard reset.
> It just doesn't make much sense so I'm assuming that I must be doing
> something wrong. Where and what kind of restrictions should I set up to
> make sure that a buggy unprivileged program cannot freeze my box?
> Thank you in advance. Michael.
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