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Re: ssh authentication

"Noah L. Meyerhans" <frodo@morgul.net> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 07:20:37PM +0100, robert_wilhelm_land wrote:
> > > As root in root's home directory, make .Xauthority a symbolic link to
> > > your normal user's .Xauthority file (or set the XAUTHORITY environment
> > > variable to the location of that file). Then you can just run X programs
> > > while inside 'su'.
> >
> > This works nicely - thank you very much!
> No!  Don't do this!  By doing so you are lowering the security level of
> your machine down to your user account.  It's bad enough that security
> depends on a root account; it should *never* depend on a user account.

Lowering only the X11 root permissions or the permisions of all apps?

I tried to edit /etc/passwd by user "rland" and it did not work. So
file restrictions do not seem to be affected by root accessing
.Xauthority in the rland ~/.


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