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Re: PackageKit policy: background and plans




On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 9:34 AM, Matthew Garrett <mjg redhat com> wrote:
On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 04:09:15PM +1100, James Morris wrote:

> Many users limit their use of the root account to essential system
> maintenance, and run general purpose applications as a regular
> unprivileged user.

I know basically nobody who, on a generally single user system,
explicitly switches to a console to log in as root and perform package
installs there.

I do!  And I tell everyone else too, so they learn/understand the difference
between 'god' and a 'mere mortal user' (ie. root and anyone else).
 
If you're not doing that then the issue is basically
moot - a user-level compromise will become a root-level compromise the
next time you run anything as root.

... snip ...


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