Microsoft has Patented "sudo." Yes, the Command

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MvanA

From what I've read Microsoft is only patenting their implementation of sudo ie. User Account Control that they intoroduced in Windows Vista and now Windows 7.  The patent filing makes clear that there are pre-existing implementations of user account elevation in other operating systems.

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QUINTIX256

They aren't patenting the SUDO command. They are making a patent for their privilage elevation. Of course they are going to reference alternatives. I read an MSDN blog article highlighting the difference between sudo and UAC.

The author of this article needs to do some rewording.

You can have your recession. I'm not participating.

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lien_meat

I don't get it...they admit that there are pre-existing implementations (that would qualify as prior art right?) and yet they still get the patent approved?

Am I completely wrong in thinking that if we ignore prior art as a determinant of whether a patent is valid, the entire concept breaks down?  I mean, you might as well be able to patent something that has already to be patented in that case.  Am I completely off base here, or what am I mis-understanding?  (I'm being serious, I don't know that much about patent law...)

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MvanA

I'm no expert on US patent law either, but I'm gathering that they are patenting the GUI and user interaction aspects of UAC.  I don't think they are actually patenting sudo and account elevation, I think they are patenting their UAC watchdog version of on the fly account elevation.

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Biceps

Ok, does anyone disagree with the fact that to work in the US patent office you have to be an idiot? Cause if those people are using their heads for anything other than keeping their ears from smashing together, I haven't seen it recently.

Software patents should not exist (like ABBA and deep-fried snickers, they are just too dangerous). 

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Digital-Storm

Snickers... The horse? http://www.hunterjumpersource.com/images/snickers.jpg Mmmmm Deep Fried!

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Biceps

Well, maybe the horse... depending how hungry I get.

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gendoikari1

It seems they patented only gksu/gksudo. That's a little better than patenting su/sudo, but is still pants on head retarded.

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Neufeldt2002

I see that since MS can't come up with legit infringment cases, it boondoogles the patent process so that it can claim one. Typical MS style. Pitty, really as I was just starting to foster some respect for them. Oh well, not anymore.

 

 

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mattman059

um pardon the slight side step of the conversation but.." boondoogle" ? really...."boondoogle"

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iNNeR_KaoS

Seriously, just a little bit of research (1 or 2 minutes) actually shows this is a sensationalist headline.

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iNNeR_KaoS

Edit:Double post

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Who

what does that mean???!!!!

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Nycromes

The wording at the end is a blank check so to speak. It says that they describe in the patent "a set of steps" for their invention, but that this is not the only set of steps. Any process that elevates user rights now is included in the patent. Perhaps I missed something though, I looked at the patent itself and it does not specifically mention Sudo in the actual patent. They didn't patent the command, but the process.

 What happens with this remains to be seen, but in this day and age many companies are patenting things to protect themselves from the patent troll companies that levy lawsuits on things like this. Its the simple things that those companies go out, patent, and then sue over. Hopefully MS is just protecting themselves from that type of behavior, but this is one example of many patents that shouldn't be granted in the first place. The patent system is broken. 

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