Re: Package Manager Denies Permission to Install

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On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM, Craig White <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 09:53 -0800, Kam Leo wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 1:30 AM, Richard Hughes <[email protected]> wrote:
>> > On Mon, 2009-01-19 at 10:16 -0800, Kam Leo wrote:
>> >> What's the difference whether the package got
>> >> installed by root or via "su"?
>> >
>> > No difference. The difference is that if you're loading a GUI to do it,
>> > you're running 500,000 lines of code as root in an untrusted
>> > environment.
>> >
>> > Richard.
>> Well, if you can not trust a GUI then logging in as a user won't help
>> either. Once that user invokes superuser powers there is no difference
>> between him/her and root.
> ----
> I have no doubt that you actually believe that and I suspect that there
> is little that I could say that would change your mind.
> Perhaps you should relate the study you have given to this concept to
> convince us of your analysis.
> Craig

It's the person in front of the keyboard/clicking mouse that makes the
difference. Throwing in a requirement to log in as a user just delays
the inevitable.

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