Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2012 23:11 UTC
Linux Linus Torvalds on requiring the root password for mundane tasks. "So here's a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace 'my kids' with 'sales people on the road' if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place." Yes, it's harsh (deal with it, Finns don't beat around the bush), but he's completely and utterly right. While there's cases where it makes sense to disable certain settings (public terminals, for instance), it is utterly idiotic that regular home users have to type in their root password for such mundane tasks.
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ugghh!
by TechGeek on Wed 29th Feb 2012 04:35 UTC
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I know most people thinks its a hassle to type in the root password, but seriously, how many times do you configure printers? Or the time? There were legitimate security concerns for everything that requires root. Once you unlock these services from root, they become vehicles for malicious attacks on the system. Remember, one of the benefits of Linux is that everything runs as its own user. That means by default, all Linux boxes are multiuser whether you like it or not.

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