Fedora 12 lets unprivileged users install packages
Posted Nov 19, 2009 21:19 UTC (Thu) by dskoll
In reply to: Fedora 12 lets unprivileged users install packages
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Sure, if by "people concerned about security", you mean, "people who have kneejerk reactions with no analysis whatsoever".
*sigh*. I'm not surprised the state of computer security is such a mess. This will come back to bite Fedora, mark my words. "Improving the User Experience" is often (unfortunately) a code phrase for "Security is inconvenient, so let's reduce security."
It's a basic tenet of computer security to reduce your risk by not installing unnecessary software. That's such an obvious best-practice that I'm stunned the Fedora team can't understand the reaction this change is getting.
I'd rather let my wife and mother-in-law install their own software without having to give them complete sudo/root access.
Wow. That's completely opposite to what I do; I would never trust my wife, kids or parents to install software, let alone have any kind of sudo/root access. I manage the machines for them.
The average Windows machine has been designed for an "Improved User Experience" and lets unsophisticated users install software, etc. The average Windows machine is also a cesspool of adware, spyware, trojans and viruses. I'm not implying that the latest Fedora change is that bad, but it's certainly a step in the wrong direction.
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