[Pauldotcom] Microsoft Patents the "sudo" command

Bert Van Kets mailing at vankets.com
Tue Nov 17 09:24:44 UTC 2009


They did not patent the sudo command itself. They patented a system that
functions like sudo. Totally different thing.
Still I do not think it would hold up in court.

Bert

Sam Buhlig wrote:
> OK. Maybe I am retarded.....don't answer that. I would just think that
> this would still be applicable.
>
> http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/license.html
>
>
> Could someone maybe explain how this could happen with this still in
> affect.
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Don Thomas
> <don.thomas.cissp at gmail.com <mailto:don.thomas.cissp at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     However... 
>      
>     Groklaw brings up some interesting "prior art" and history of sudo. 
>      
>     http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20091111094923390
>      
>     Anyway, it's an interesting read...
>      
>     Best regards,
>     -dt
>     Don Thomas
>      
>
>
>      
>     On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 5:18 AM, Leandro Malaquias
>     <lm.net.security at gmail.com <mailto:lm.net.security at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>         David A. Gershman wrote:
>         > To be legal, I just removed all 'sudo' existence from my
>         Linux boxes.
>         > >From now on, I'll boot into Windows and double click my
>         'sudo' icon and
>         > provide:
>         >
>         >   - the OS to boot into (though only Window 7 and above are
>         allowed)
>         >   - the command to execute (properly corrected by M$ spell and
>         >                             grammar check.)
>         >   - the user to execute as (corrected to 'administrator')
>         >   - and the password (shown in the clear, of course)
>         >
>         > After "completion", I'll get a dialog box with title 'Error'
>         and text
>         > 'Error'.
>         >
>         > "Microsoft. Where do you want to go...oh nevermind, we'll
>         decide."
>         >
>         >
>         >> Website:
>         http://gizmodo.com/5402796/microsoft-patents-the-sudo-command
>         >> Patent:
>         >>
>         >>
>         >
>         http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,617,530.PN.&OS=PN/7,617,530&RS=PN/7,617,530
>         <http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,617,530.PN.&OS=PN/7,617,530&RS=PN/7,617,530>
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>     Best regards,
>     -dt
>     Don Thomas
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