Jaunty - installing .deb without password!

Jonas Norlander jonorland at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 17:23:22 UTC 2009

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 7:07 PM, Nigel Ridley <nigel at prayingforisrael.net> wrote:
> I'm not sure what or how it happened but I downloaded Opera from their website and then clicked
> on the downloaded file in Dolphin. Dolphin asked if I wanted to install the Opera .deb - I
> clicked 'Install' and it installed it -- without asking for my password!
> I checked it's install location and it was installed into usr/bin/; usr/lib and usr/share (plus
> some subdirectories of usr/lib and usr/share).
> How did the system allow me to install something without permission?
> A couple of days ago I installed another .deb that I downloaded and Dolphin *did* ask for my
> password.
> Any ideas?
> Blessings,
> Nigel

Could it be that you had used sudo/kdesudo some time before? sudo and
kdesudo caches the password for 15 min. That can be change with the
timestamp_timeout config options in /etc/sudoers.

/ Jonas

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