9 Security

A Xiden process operates under the permissions granted to it by the operating system. Xiden offers no extensions or modifications to the security model of your operating system. Run packages at your own risk.

Assuming reasonably safe OS permissions, a Xiden process uses a runtime configuration to store the user’s detailed, explicit, and affirmative consent to specific operations. If the runtime configuration is compromised, then a Xiden process is restricted only by its OS-level permissions.

The first Xiden instance you install implicitly trusts its own dependencies. It is your responsibility to use Xiden with trusted copies of the dependencies listed in Setup. Self-hosted installations may verify dependencies in terms of the runtime configuration.

The attack surface boils down to: