[strawman] partual support of apps for policykit for Jaunty

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Thu Nov 20 15:29:21 UTC 2008

tacone [2008-11-19 13:56 +0100]:
> What I've been told is the gedit implementation was *not hard to do*.

That sounds overly optimistic to me. In order to teach gedit to edit
system files as normal user, you need a PolicyKit protected backend
which runs as root (probably D-BUS activated).

This means you essentially have to implement a backdoor for
circumventing arbitrary file permissions, and just protect them with a
single PK privilege which many users might even permanently set.

There goes the remaining bit of user/admin separation which we have,
and we can just as well have anyone work as root in the first place.

I read several such requests already, and I still don't think it's a
good idea at all. What we should fix are the *reasons* why users want
to edit files as root, instead of making crackful things easier.


Martin Pitt                        | http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer (www.ubuntu.com)  | Debian Developer  (www.debian.org)
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