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Re: gdm and reboot

On Thu, Dec 02, 2004 at 10:55:56PM -0500, Michael Spang wrote:
> I have often wondered why exactly it defaults to requiring a password. 
> Requiring a user who has physical access to a computer root privileges 
> to shut it down seems fundamentally flawed to me--they could easily shut 
> it down by removing power. However this is potentially damaging, so it 
> seems logical to allow them to initiate a proper shutdown. Is removing 
> this limitation a security issue for remote users? Surely disabling 
> 'secure actions' won't allow a remote user to shutdown via gdm.. right? 
> Anyhow, just thought I'd throw this out there to see if anyone has a 
> good explanation. It always seemed to be a completely unncessesary and 
> potentially frustrating default. I find it especially strange since by 
> default any user can shut down once logged into gnome via gdm, but they 
> become stranded once back on the welcome screen.

I agree with you.  It's a stupid default.  I hope they change it.


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