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Windows Internals Seventh Edition Part 1: System architecture, processes, threads, memory management, and more, Seventh Edition by David A. Solomon, Mark E. Russinovich, Alex Ionescu, Pavel Yosifovich

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Chapter 7. Security

Preventing unauthorized access to sensitive data is essential in any environment in which multiple users have access to the same physical or network resources. An operating system, as well as individual users, must be able to protect files, memory, and configuration settings from unwanted viewing and modification. Operating system security includes obvious mechanisms such as accounts, passwords, and file protection. It also includes less obvious mechanisms, such as protecting the operating system from corruption, preventing less privileged users from performing actions (rebooting the computer, for example), and not allowing user programs to adversely affect the programs of other users or the operating system.

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