Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101170
Need root password to see --help output for root apps
Last modified: 2013-07-02 18:58:10 EDT
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Description of problem:
You need your root password to display the --help or usage information for a
root-level command; you should be able to get that information without the root
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Given a graphical root-level application, open a terminal and run it as a normal
user. For example:
Instead of getting the expected --help output, you are prompted for your
password. Only after entering the root password do you get the output.
Definite low or wishlist bug. Workaround: just become root or enter root password.
I think it's a possible security risk. In my opinion an unauthorized
person shouldn't be able to read even a help for an application that
needs authentication via usermode utilities.