kdesu and sudo

Derek Broughton auspex at pointerstop.ca
Mon Apr 18 12:32:57 UTC 2005

On Sunday 17 April 2005 19:47, Hannes Hauswedell wrote:
> i just realized that with kde3.4 kdesu now uses sudo. while this is
> probably a good solution for everyone using default ubuntu config, this
> makes kdesu unusable by anyone who for whatever reasons (security!) does
> not want to grant his users "sudo all" previliges. this affects not only
> 'security nerds' but also all converts that dist-upgraded from a non-ubuntu
> debian-based distro and that bring along their old config (and maybe dont
> even know about this unique ubuntu feature and just wonder why their kdesu
> fails). i think the best solution would be if kdesu checked whether the
> executing user is 'global' sudoer and if not makes a check against the root
> password (original kdesu code). thank you

I don't understand your problem at all. The old way, only the people you gave 
root's password to could use kdesu.  The new way, only the people you give 
sudo rights to can use kdesu.  Which is more work?  Keeping track of the 
people who have the root password, and telling them the new password when you 
change it, and making sure _they_ don't tell anyone else the password, or 
putting the folks you want to have access in the sudoers file?  I like the 
new system better, and I trust this is going into Debian, too.

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