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Privilege Abuse Attacks: 4 Common Scenarios
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3/11/2018 | 7:22:51 PM
Privilege Abuse
One could argue that the use of the word "Privilege" in this context, is an abuse itself.  Often it is taken as an entitlement or affirmation of status, even prestige - "Me, use least privilege?  How dare you?

"Authorization" comes closer to the intention: formalized and objective set of  constraints for use or access. 

I'll add that the use of "level" (as in authorization, privilege or access level), is less than optimal.  Again, there is the connotation of status or rank.  More importantly, levels apply to types or classes; where constraints are most effectively applied to instances: a particular entity, performing a particular activity, at a particular time.  It's a lot harder to hijack or elevate that type of "privilege". 


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