In computing, privilege is defined as the delegation of authority over a computer system. A privilege is a permission to perform an action.

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What are the dangers of having administrator privileges on my Mac?

I have a Mac and I'm the only user of it. I have admin privileges and I just want to know what some of the things that could go wrong are. So here are my questions: What can go wrong if I use an ...
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Prevent certain group of users from accessing Control Panel using Windows Server 2008

I can't seem to find a way to prevent certain groups of users from Accessing the Control Panel. It's either disabled for all user or none.
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How do I run a program installed by root as a non-root user?

I'm really a novice in Linux. I'm currently running an OpenSUSE version and I would like to run a program that was installed by root as a non root user. In other words, how do I configure the ...
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What is the correct way to prevent non-root users from issuing shutdowns or reboots

Let's say that you have set up a multi-seat system for use in a school or library, allowing GDM to launch multiple X sessions to run simultaneously with different users/keyboards/monitors. By default ...
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Create context-sensitive admin menus for right-click

I've got a right-click explorer menu that allows me to open a file in Notepad++, which works pretty good. Very convenient. It takes a small registry hack (HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shell), but no ...
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What privileges do I need to disable network adapter in Windows 7?

From time to time my Lenovo notebook has problem to connect to wifi network after waking from stand by or hibernation. The only fix (besides reboot) is to disable and enable wifi network adapter. ...
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How to execute a command with admin privileges and access to files of the logged in user?

I have some problems understanding sudo. I am logged in on a terminal as an non-admin/non-root user. This "normal" user is not in the sudoers file (and shouldnt be, in my opinion). Now I try to ...
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Enabling auto-login removed account from administrator groups

I'm really not very good at windows (windows7 home premium in this case). I wanted to make it so my mom's new computer would auto login on boot. I followed some instructions that started with ...
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User acct security privledges: Is one's own User self acct recommended to have reduced privledges from (me) the offical Administrator acct, & SYSTEM?

Win 7 system. Four named "Users": 1. "Authenticated Users" (whatever that means); 2. "SYSTEM"; 3. Administrator (me); 4. "Users (me)". "SYSTEM" & "Administrator" have all privledges allowed. ...
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windows runas command with elevated privileges, user in admin group

I have a windows 7 user who belongs to admin group. I want to execute sc command that requires admin privileges. I DON'T want to open an elevated cmd, want to be able to simply Win+R->Enter command, ...
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Is There A Way To Allow Permanent Admin Rights To An Application In Windows 7?

I usually rar/zip files with Winrar, but today when i was archiving files on drive C:/ got this message: I suppose this is because the application does not have sufficient rights to rar/zip ...
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How to prevent dirty hands from touching my cookies?

According to my other question, it seems that my cookies are unprotected. (I should have known that as there was a time I just manually deleted cookies from Internet Temporary Files.) So to make my ...
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How to remove all privileges from a particular user

I need to create a user in Fedora Linux(15) which only has privileges to print documents. Our college issues a printer to each lab and I need to create a new user on my Fedora which only has ...
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How do I use RUNAS with the Administrator account disabled in Windows 7

My user account is an administrator account (well in the Administrator group technically). As I understand this I am always running in the standard user context except when elevation is required, ...
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How to launch Windows Explorer with the privileges of a different domain user?

My Windows 7 computer is connected to a Windows network at the workplace. There are two domains in use on this network, EMPLOYEES and TESTERS. I have logins on both domains, for example EMPLOYEES\Joe ...
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Total Commander on Windows 7 with Administrative Privileges

I'm running Total Commander on Windows 7 and I have a problem with the Run as Administrator issue. If I run TC normally, it can't make changes to anything under C:\Program Files\ without asking for ...
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2006 inherited iMac privileges issue

I recently got my grandpa's old iMac from 2006. I made my account, made it an admin, and deleted his. I put 10.5.1 on it since it had 10.4 before. Now when I try to get the update, it says I don't ...
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How do I get full administrative privileges in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run Windows 7 Explorer shell with Administrator Privileges by default I recently reinstalled Windows 7, and I have this issue that whenever I try to write a file ...
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Windows - Use Local Service and/or Network Service account for a windows service

I've created a window's service that monitors files on a specific directory on our Windows OS. When a file is detected, the service does some file I/O, reads the files, creates sub-directories, etc. ...
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Ubuntu: limiting user account only to access his home dir

I just created new user account, but the new user is able to access all the directories structure (including other's home directories). I'd like to limit the user to access ONLY his home directory ...
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Run a program without administrative privileges in Windows 7 [duplicate]

My account in Windows 7 is an administrator account. When I open the Run box (WinKey + R), I am warned, "This task will be created with administrative privileges." Is there any way to run programs ...
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Ubuntu root privs installation issue

I am a fairly new Ubuntu user (and Linux user, for that matter) and I just downloaded a program whose installer was a .sh file. Not thinking, I copied the installer to an /opt subdirectory, thinking ...
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Starting services in batch file on windows 7

I have a fairly simple batch file which does just one thing - "net start myservice". This batch file gets shortcut-ed in a program group by installer so that users can simply click on the icon and get ...
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What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7?

On my Windows 7 machine, I am an administrator. I see, when I right click an app, it has an option Run as Administrator. What does this mean? Also, if I am logged in as administrator, what ...
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How to run a program as privilege from run box in Windows 7?

I want to start an application with admin privilege from the run dialog in Windows 7, how can I do that?
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Is it possible to limit a root process?

I am thinking about is that possible in any way (hardware of software) to limit a root process from accessing certain resource? I know maybe there is no existing solution, but how about a super root ...
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Using Command Prompt arguments to run a file (with arguments) as an administrator?

I am making the menu items called Lock for Microsoft's BitLocker. I've got it all right up to one point: locking HDD partitions requires administrator privileges. How do I use process paths or CMD or ...
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as a domain member, 'run with administrative privileges' always asks for hostname

Since we run Windows 7-clients in our windows-server domain I have a specific use case that has become more inconvenient: On the client-site, being logged-on as an user with restricted rights and ...
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Administrator account vs elevated privileges: what's the difference?

What's the difference between an Administrator account and elevated privileges? What types of things Admin account grants and where do you need elevated privileges? (i.e. run as administrator)
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How to connect to ftp, having write privilegies

I connecting to my ftp server with Finder, entering login and password. After establishing connection, i'm in read-only mode. When i connecting with some ftp clients, like Cyberduck, i can write. ...
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Is there a way to find out if something is running as Administrator?

Like the question says.... I'm running Server 2008 R2 but ways to find out for other versions of Windows are welcome as well.
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Elevated command line prompt can't access shared drives in Windows 7

I map a share from another machine using my user account. I launch an elevated command prompt (cmd.exe, right click, Run as administrator). Navigating to shared drive (Z:) results in: The system ...
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Run Flyff without elevating user to Admin or requiring Admin Password

Bottom Line: I need to set up one game on my little sister's laptop to run without requiring an admin password/account. Its the only game that seems to insist on it... so far. Detailed Version: I ...
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Sharing configuration (.*rc files) between a normal user account and root

On a Fedora Core box, I have a normal non-privileged user and I also have sole access to the root account. Because I am the only administrator of this box, I frequently su over to root for ...
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“login” to phpMyAdmin via different users

I want a non-techie (marketing/sales) to have access to the data I manage regularly via phpMyAdmin: without any ability to alter/insert/delete without me having to build a special ...
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Does Google Chrome Frame require administration privileges to install?

I have a customer of a customer complaining that the app the company I work for created doesn't work on Internet Explorer. Our customer is all using Google Chrome, but apparently the customer of the ...
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Can I make a shell context action run as administrator?

I like to add a shell context menu for registering .dll files using the command %windir%Microsoft/Framework/v2.0.50727/regasm.exe "%1" /codebase which used to work fine in XP. However in Windows ...
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List Partitions in Linux without privileges

Just out of curiosity, is it possible to list partitions in Linux without being root or using sudo?
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Help installing postgres in ubuntu

I'm trying to install postgresql in the latest ubunutu, and I'm following these instructions. When I sudo -u postgres psql postgres I get this error: could not change directory to "/home/james" I'd ...
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Windows Task Scheduler and possible permission problems

I use NirCmd (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html) to enable me to run commands such as "power off the monitor", "mute system volume" from the command-line (and I highly recommend it, BTW). My OS ...
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How do I give MacPorts privileges?

I tried to install PostgreSQL server development libraries using MacPorts and got the following: Warning: MacPorts running without privileges. You may be unable to complete certain actions (e.g. ...
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Is it possible to prevent access to the hard drive when booting from external media?

I supervise the use of a 'community' desktop computer and I would like to allow the use of the desktop via an external drive to a specific individual. How do I secure the internal hard drive so that ...
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Limiting software installation to specific user(s)

Is there a way to limit software installation to one particular user or to a specific set of users only? In some software installers, this is available as an option, but in most cases the software ...
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How to install the Google Earth plugin without administrator privileges?

I am developing an application with the GE api and I was wondering if I can get a browser working with Google Earth plugin without installing it from the installer, since at school I can't install ...
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How to run specific program with root privileges (Ubuntu OS) when no sudo user log into system?

How do I run a specific program with root privileges (Ubuntu OS) when no sudo user is logged into the system? The program needs root privileges to function correctly. A normal user shouldn't be able ...
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Got not sufficient privileges message in CMD when logged on as administrator

I was trying to use mklink command in cmd (i have Windows 7 os) I was logged on as administrator, but i got a " you do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation" message. I used the same ...
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Allowing non-admins to run programs as admins

How can I enable non-admin users to run a certain application (in my case, a script) with admin permissions on Windows XP? This would be similar to the setuid bit on *nix.
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Moving files fails due to privileges but they seem to be OK

I am trying to copy old files from an OS X 10.5.8 to a new external HD. When trying to copy a folder I get the message: The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges ...
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How do you lock specific folders in Windows 7 without having to specify user privileges?

I have an external hard drive hooked up to my Windows 7 machine, and I would like to lock a folder with a password so that nobody can access it through my computer (or any other USB-connected machine) ...
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How can I tell whether a process is running with administrator permissions?

I'm using Windows Vista, with UAC enabled. I've installed an application, and the installer required admin privileges. The installer then started the application. I'd like to know if the application ...