Security-related questions

Larry Hartman larryhartman50 at
Fri Apr 25 03:37:09 UTC 2008

Is it possible to create two user accounts, one that shows up in the KDM/GDM 
logon display with restricted accesses, and another that is invisible to 
KDM/GDM with more accesses?

In the same vein, pertaining to these two accounts, is it possible to restrict 
visibility to certain directories from the restricted account--to hide 
directories and files from view, even the "hidden" options in the various 
file managers--so that only when logging into the user account with more 
access do they become visible?

In such a scenario what realistic measures and trade-offs would need to be 
addressed to tighten security in this regard?  I would suspect boot-time 
failsafe mode would have to be made unavailable as well...this in itself 
comes with some inherent risk.

I am curious because I read a trial brief this week concerning a laptop that 
was inspected by border control agents through actually turning it on.


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