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Re: Lock screen does not work for root in gnome



On Sun, Oct 17, 2004 at 04:02:42PM -0700, Jamie Zawinski wrote:
> Warren Togami wrote:
> > 
> > This has NEVER worked for root.  It has something to do with
> > xscreensaver not being very secure. 
> 
> By which you meant, of course, "xscreensaver is behaving securely by
> refusing to allow you to do something that is inherently insecure."

Hm? xscreensaver drops privileges if runned as root, and thus it won't
be able to access the X cookies file. Ending up unable to connect to the
X server.

It's not a case of it refusing to do something insecure. In fact, in its
documentation, it states that it's "safe to run xscreensaver as root".
But in order for it to work, it asks for a "xhost +localhost".

And that I don't find very secure.

Regards,
Luciano Rocha

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