Questions abound about Microsoft's permissions system

The systems that Microsoft is putting in place in the next major version of Windows (codenamed Longhorn) to handle security and permissions are falling under greater scrutiny as the company starts to provide some answers, and feed a lot more questions.

An article from Wired tells of some of the questions being raised, and some of the answers being given, at the WinHEC conference this week.

Many consider the introduction of the new security scheme known as NGSCB (previously named Palladium) to be a curse and a blessing for users and information providers respectively, but all are curious how the operating system is going to compartmentalize the information and arbitrate between the various containers in a fashion that will provide seemless integration and significant security at the same time.