Removal of 'Open as Root' option in PCmanFM

UH uhtlmk at
Mon Oct 29 20:45:04 UTC 2012

That seems an excellent idea to me!

2012/10/29 Alexander Andjelkovic <andjelkovic at>:
> I agree that it's a security issue, but here's my proposal:
> *) Disable it by default.
> *) Make it a viable option in preferences & warn users when enabling
> the feature (confirmation dialog).
> Regards,
> Alexander Andjelkovic
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM, Yorvyk <yorvik.ubunto at> wrote:
>> Over on the LXDE list Andriy has opened a discussion on the removal of the
>> 'Open as Root' option.
>>>     Hello!
>>>     I would like to duscuss a function in subject. Starting a lot of GUI
>>> applications (including MS Windows .exe files, browsers, etc.) under root
>>> makes linux vulnerable to troyans, backdoors, not mention the cost of a
>>> failure of the buggy GUI application when it operates with unlimited
>>> privileges is very high. And 'Open folder as a root' starts all of this.
>>> Since such kind of escalated privileges (which is much worse than some
>>> 'sudo -s' which is unwelcomed and often denied by administrator) is such
>>> dangerous no other file managers have such functionality available for a
>>> regular user. And no regular user would ever need such functionality but
>>> only administrator of multi-user system probably. If regular user wants
>>> open folder as root it usually means something was done badly before (for
>>> example, missing a group for user) and that should be fixed at that place
>>> instead of opening as root. So I think this should be available only in
>>> 'advanced' mode, the same way as SUID and SGID changes are available only
>>> in 'advanced' mode currently. What do you think?
>>>     With best regards.
>>>     Andriy.
>> If anybody has any thoughts on this and isn't a member of that list they can
>> answer this thread and I will pass them on.
>> For  me, it can go, as it has with a lot of other file browsers.  If you
>> wish to browse as root then PCmanFM can be opened with 'gksu'. It will make
>> it that little bit harder for casual users to fiddle where they shouldn’t.
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