setuid Gnome Applet (Link-Monitor-Applet)

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at
Mon Feb 7 17:00:40 CST 2005

<quote who="Matt Zimmerman">

> It is definitely not wise for a GNOME applet to be setuid root; the
> libraries are not designed for this.
> This needs to be fixed at a lower level (kernel? hal?); it should not be
> necessary to have root privileges in order to get link status.

NetworkManager solves this by running a somewhat privileged daemon that the
user daemons/applets talk to.

- Jeff

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