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But that's a given on any operating system. It's the same effect that you get if you can run a malicious program as root on Linux, it can hack any other program on the system. The mechanism on how you would implement it is different between Windows and Linux, but the result is the same.
* An intern needed to remove an activeX download file from their computer
* IE had placed the activeX file a system folder, even though the intern wasn't logged in as the administrator
* intern didn't have the administrator password and had to ask for somebody else to remove it
On Linux my browser runs as josk. It can install things to whereever *I* can install things. The downside is that anything *I* own is at risk, but at least the system is safe...