Re: Root privilege (SOLVED)
> 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.
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
> 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.