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Re: Root privilege (SOLVED)



cga2000 wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 06:37:01PM EST, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 06:28:05PM -0500, cga2000 wrote:
>> > > 
>> > > Pardon my ignorance .. I do my best to stay away from gui apps ..
>> > > 
>> Unfortunately, some things flat out require a GUI.
> 
> Unfortunately?
> 
> :-)

Yes, this is the right word.  GUIs frequently sacrifice security,
flexibility and functionality in favor of being relatively drool-proof. 
Sacrificing security at the root level is never the brightest idea around.

> I forget what's it called .. "synapsis" or something .. ? but another
> one that comes to mind is the GUI front-end to apt .. Wouldn't that need
> to run privileged for some of its functionalities (eg. install/remove
> software) .. ?

kpackage can call su from within itself and prompt the user for password as
needed.
 
> How's stuff like that supposed to work in a "strict" proof of concept
> GUI environment with no *term available -- ie.  all you are allowed is
> an icon on your desktop and possibly an entry in your gnome/kde menus?

Root gets the "failsafe" option for X by default?  xterm is mandatory in an
X install, IIRC.




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