A patent granted to Microsoft has stirred up worry that world's largest software company wants to claim Unix's "sudo" as its own.
Sudo is a Unix program used to raise a user's privilege level to accomplish tasks that require administrative privileges. It allows a user to temporarily execute commands as the root user.
Microsoft's "Rights elevator" patent describes a way to "enable a user to elevate his or her rights," which of course is what "sudo" does.
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