Default policies & Default behaviour
vbeggi at interfree.it
Sun Oct 31 12:58:36 UTC 2010
I have the need to setup a user with root privileges and no password.
The workstation will never be connected to a network of any kind, so
security risks are ridicolous.
Trying to do so I lost a considerable amount of time and I admit that I
am really unsatisfied.
Why? Because I believe that a system MUST give FULL control of
hardware and working environment.
Even if aimed at unskilled people, in my belief, a system must give both
a reasonable default protection and the way to override it or bypass, it
when needed with a clear and esay way to do it.
Clear policies are the only way to acheive security when needed and
only the needed amount of security. No use to lock a feature in a way
that cannot be overrided or with such a cumbersome procedure as to make
override almost impossible.
No use to hide overriding parameters in so deeply nested modules that
too few geeks can tamper with them.
People, I believe, love open source when they find clear and documented
ways to acheive results. They don'l like to be treated as stupid
children because they ask for tools to disassemble the toy. Bad fellows
hide tools. The knowledge whose condivision has been a blessing to us
all since the very first steps of GNU and FSF, must not be kept prisoner
by hiding it to users.
Need examples ?
Please, give us back a clear way to setup a null password, to reset
X-windows with "CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE", to customize gdm, to define
defaults for a PDF printer, etc.
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