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Re: Shutdown w/o root password.

On Tue, 2005-12-20 at 21:15 -0300, Gabriel wrote:

> So you mean that whenever I use Gnome I'm running with root
> permissions? 

No. When you log in, you're you. It's gdm that runs as root. 

Do 'ps aux | grep gdm' and look at the username.

> That's not possible, I cannot think about a worst security problem
> than this.

You could boot Winders :-)

> Anyway, why when I use KDE it doesn't happen? GDM starts KDE too, so
> it should be the same.

That's true; it should be. I know very little about KDE. And I'm on a
machine right now that claims it can't install KDE (amd64 etch).

I can think of a couple things: somebody could drop root, the KDE logout
window might just not have that button, and I could be wrong... Bears
looking into.

Glenn English <ghe@slsware.com>

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