People's reaction to this is just stupid.
Posted Nov 19, 2009 13:00 UTC (Thu) by hppnq
In reply to: People's reaction to this is just stupid.
Parent article: Fedora 12 lets unprivileged users install packages
The local users discussed here are the completely random "people" who you should assume are roaming around on your system, and who can now trigger something that previously required root privileges.
Yes, this is then only one of many bad things, and not even the worst thing, that can happen to you. That's no reason to allow everyone and his dog to install software on your system.
Yes, there are many things wrong with the superuser security model. But clearly the solution is not to bypass this model. At least not until you have solved the problem that package management might actually require root privileges (reboot, device configuration, etc.) and you have solved the rather obvious security problem of running software that may not have been installed by you or someone you trust.
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