Bug#206843: About your bug: "ktalkd does not work correctly when run under user nobody" on the Debian BTS
found 206843 4:3.5.5-4
On Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 01:03:08PM +0100, Tomas Hoger wrote:
> merge 386334
> Hi Ana!
> On Fri, Jan 12, 2007 at 02:02:30PM +0100, Ana Guerrero wrote:
> > You filed the bug
> > #206843 "ktalkd does not work correctly when run under user nobody"
> > some time ago, you can read the bug report at:
> > http://bugs.debian.org/206843
> I have not been using ktalkd for several years now and I do not have
> Debian Etch / Sid machine to test at the moment.
> I only had opportunity to test on the Ubuntu Edgy machine with KDE 3.5.5.
> Tests show same results as I described in my original post. When ktalkd is
> started as root, it works as expected, however it's probably not best idea
> from security point of view (and that's the reason why it is configured to
> run under nobody by default, as was requested in #147762). When ktalkd is
> run as nobody, it's only possible to leave message on answering machine.
> Therefore, I assume problem has not been fixed (or worked on) upstream.
> I'm not sure if upstream ever intended to make it usable under non-root
> user. Debian changelog does not mention any Debian-specific fix either and
> latest Debian version (3.5.5-4) still runs ktalkd as nobody according to
> Few other Debian bugs have been filed for this issue after my report:
> #354073, for version 4:3.3.2-5
> closed by Christopher Martin claiming it's no longer present in 4:3.5.1-2
> #386334, for version 4:3.5.4-2
> provides more detailed info, with relevant error messages from log
> Btw: Reading Debian changelog I've noticed there's been switch from nobody
> to root in 4:2.1.1-3 and then back to nobody in 4:3.1.2-1.
> I'm merging this bug with already mentioned #386334.
Thanks a lot of for the response Tomas.