PolicyKit Authentication Framework: Creating Your Own Rules

Last week I was explaining the important distinction between authentication and authorization, and how Linux  handles them in PAM and polkit, respectively. The PolicyKit Authentication Framework or polkit controls how subjects or unprivileged programs (such as a user’s shell) can be allowed to run mechanisms or privileged programs (such as normally root-only programs like mount […]
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Optimizing Windows Azure Services using WCF, REST and JSON

When XML was first proposed it must have been a spoof.  The problem is, nobody got the joke.  Let’s say we had a database of pets and we wanted to export some data.  One choice could be a comma-separated file.  The data might look something like this: The first row is for the headers.  If someone […]
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