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Re: PackageKit policy: background and plans





On Tue, 24 Nov 2009, James Antill wrote:

On Mon, 2009-11-23 at 22:32 +0000, Colin Walters wrote:
On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:02 PM, James Morris <jmorris namei org> wrote:


Possibly (it could simply be that an updated policy is weaker for some
reason) -- but it doesn't matter, there should be no way to change MAC
policy without MAC privilege.

It'd be nice here if we had the ability to only grant the ability to
install applications, not packages.

"applications" is still way too broad, IMO. Even if you limit it to
what I assume you meant, "Desktop applications", it's not obvious that
is good enough.

A useful end goal seems more likely to be something like "allow 'local'
users to update/install signed/trusted versions of: fonts, codecs,
themes, games, editors". For bonus points you could make it possible for
them to remove packages they have installed.
If done well this should even allow things like the "webadmin" role
being allowed to update/install apache related packages.


See, this is the problem, with all the exceptions you'd need to codify it would make much more sense to document how to set them up and make it relatively easy to do so that the local admin can do so. Think of it like documentation for sudo but with docs that don't make everyone cry.

-sv



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