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Re: root in FC 10

--- On Sat, 12/6/08, Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel infinity-ltd com> wrote:

> From: Mikkel L. Ellertson <mikkel infinity-ltd com>
> Subject: Re: root in FC 10
> To: "Community assistance, encouragement, and advice for using Fedora." <fedora-list redhat com>
> Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 3:59 PM
> Tom Horsley wrote:
> > On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 16:10:36 +1030
> > Tim <ignored_mailbox yahoo com au> wrote:
> > 
> >> Compared to logging in graphically as root leaves
> you
> >> much more open to security flaws in the graphical
> systems doing much
> >> more than you were doing.
> > 
> > Ah yes, here it is again - GUIS are horribly flawed
> and
> > ridden through with security bugs.
> > 
> > If that is really the case, then no one should be
> logging into
> > any GUI at all for any reason since you'll be
> exposing your
> > own data to all those security kooties waiting to leap
> out
> > of the GUIs on them.
> > 
> No - GUIs run as root are not as secure. A bug that would
> be caught
> when running as a user may not be caught when running as
> root. The
> more code you have running as root, the greater the chance
> of
> running into problems. Then again, it is a lot easier to
> shoot
> yourself in the foot running as root using the GUI. How may
> times
> have we seen someone on the list that changed permissions,
> or
> deleted the wrong file, and needs help to get the system
> running again.
> Mikkel
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