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Re: new thing to make people turn crazy



On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 09:08:51PM +0100, François Patte wrote:
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> Bonsoir,
> 
> I plugged an usb drive on my computer and, instead of being mounted as
> usual, a popup window opened claiming that some application was trying
> to mount a device and... I had to enter the root password!!!
> 
> What's this mess?

I have no experience with that, but having said that... It's certainly
a security mechanism to keep any joe blow from walking up to the 
unattended machine and sticking in a USB device that may be used for
nefarious purposes. You should be able to change it to work like you
want if that isn't a concern for you.

> 
> The story is not finished: I discovered a config tool for this in
> System>Prefs>system>permission which run the polkit-gnome-authorization.
> 
> *As a simple user*, not root, I found a line:
> 
> "mount file systems from removable drive" for which the permission is
> set, by default, to: "No" for everybody.
> 
> *as simple user* (again), I changed this permission to yes for everybody!!!!
> 
> I am wondering what is the meaning of this: either it is something that
> everybody can do and no tool is needed, or it is important that only
> root can modify some system wide config and, in that case this tool is a
> nonsense.
> 
> Same thing as for the gnome keyring manager (see another post on this
> list): I cannot disable it and everytime I want to ssh a remote host a
> popup ask me for a password, I refuse to give a password (I was not
> asked to define one) and I can ssh.... For what purpose are these stupid
> tools?
> 
> I tried to yum remove these things but it is impossible: so many
> packages depend on them: scim!!! evince!!! totem!, eog, f-spot....
> 
> In f11, shall we be forced to set a password to log-in, another to use
> emacs, another to use TeX, another to see the result of what we have
> typed with emacs/tex...
> 
> Is this security policy a heritage from Bush administration?
> 
> - --
> François Patte

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