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While there are multiple approaches here, the best approach and the key to security on the desktop is to assume that any userland software running is already compromised. In other words, place your trust in the operating system, not the programs. If the operating system is compromised... it is time to replace the computer. You mentioned sudo as a way to ...


I think this really depends on the nature of your application. Is it for an individual or something that could be run by many on a server environment? Is it for a technical user or somebody less technical. Take Eclipse, for example. You can connect to any repo and download plugins without needing to log in. The users that are going to be doing that, ...

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