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An ancient kernel hole is closed

An ancient kernel hole is closed

Posted Aug 20, 2010 0:11 UTC (Fri) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
In reply to: An ancient kernel hole is closed by einstein
Parent article: An ancient kernel hole is closed

> All the more reason for making the X server run as non-root.

OpenBSD uses privilege separation in its port of X.org.

I wonder if, with kernel modesetting, a totally non-root X.org will ever be possible. Or an selinux-sandboxed one, for that matter.


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An ancient kernel hole is closed

Posted Aug 20, 2010 1:30 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

Well as long as your using decent open source video drivers then your X Server can run as just a regular application _right_now_, rather then some monster that needs to fiddle with bits on your PCI bus like is traditionally needed.

It's certainly and absolutely possible.

But it probably breaks most closed source drivers so development is going to continue to be painfully slow.

There are probably a lots of problems with it, like was mentioned above with input devices, but it's absolutely possible that at some time we can have a non-root-privileged X. But people do have it working in a more-or-less fashion.


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