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.