bugGKSu - Bugs: bug #6893, Suggest comparing running program...


bug #6893: Suggest comparing running program to RPM/deb database

Submitter:  None
Submitted:  Mon 01 Dec 2003 02:44:25 AM UTC
Category:  None Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  None Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  kov
Open/Closed:  Open
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Mon 01 May 2006 02:21:15 PM UTC, comment #1: 

hmm... sounds like an interesting idea, indeed; I will consider it

Gustavo Noronha Silva <kov>
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Mon 01 Dec 2003 02:44:25 AM UTC, original submission:  

Not really a bug, but I just wanted to suggest that as more non-technical users begin using gnome, it would be important to help these users decide whether it is appropriate to trust a given application that requests root access via GKSu.  How would a user know that redhat-config-network is a "safe" program and redhot-config-network is a trojan? 

My suggestion is that GKSu have backend that would allow it to query the package database for the program attempting to gain root access and display some useful information.  For example, a root password prompt might display:

I need the root password to run "redhat-config-network".
This program is listed in the system database.
It's permissions and file sizes match the database.


I need the root password to run "redhot-config-network".
This program is not listed in the system database.
No file permission or size information is available.
If you did not request this program to run, it is recommended that you proceed with extreme caution.

Hope this idea is helpful or spawn an even better idea. :-)



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