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Re: Root privilege (SOLVED)

On Tue, 2007-01-09 at 18:17 -0500, cga2000 wrote:
> Pardon my ignorance .. I do my best to stay away from gui apps .. 
> And I don't use sudo either.
> Mind you, I have thought about it and I have come with the conclusion
> that it is just not worth the trouble setting up sudo in a desktop
> context. 

I tried to make it clear that there is nothing really to "set up".  By
running 'sudo guiapp', it should work okay.  Paul mentions the '&' for
backgrounding, and although that works as he said, it's not necessary.

> I guess I'm just being bloody-minded and suggesting to Roberto that
> there _cannot_ be anything "secure" -- and hopefully not "standard"
> either ..  about a script that makes it easier to indulge in practices
> that are unsafe in the first place.

I try to take care before making general statements like that... but I
believe it is probably more mainstream, and allows more
privilege-limiting behavior than a simple script might do--analogous to
using sudo over su.

> :-)
> As Paul J. -- I think -- indicated in another post .. either the gui
> app
> has been designed (and tested .. audited .. etc.) to run in privileged
> mode (and in this case it should take care of escalating your
> privileges
> when necessary and ask you for the root password if relevant) .. or it
> has not.
> If it has NOT been designed to run privileged, then there is NO reason
> that I can think of why you should EVER want to escalate your
> privileges
> -- except possibly when testing something .. such as when you need to
> verify a hunch that a given application does not work correctly
> because
> you do not have proper access to a resource .. 

I'm pretty sure that wireshark is about the only gui app that I run
privileged, but sometimes it's not a matter of escalation--you might
want to run as another non-privileged user for testing
purposes--something for which you don't have privileges, but another
non-privileged user does.  For this, (in both gui and non-gui) sudo is
very elegant and highly configurable.


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