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Bug 101170 - Need root password to see --help output for root apps
Need root password to see --help output for root apps
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: usermode (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-07-29 15:43 EDT by aaron weber
Modified: 2013-07-02 18:58 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-01-20 10:13:51 EST
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Description aaron weber 2003-07-29 15:43:09 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686) Gecko/20030702 Galeon/1.3.5

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

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

Given a graphical root-level application, open a terminal and run it as a normal
user. For example:

/usr/sbin/gdmconfig --help

Instead of getting the expected --help output, you are prompted for your
password. Only after entering the root password do you get the output.

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Definite low or wishlist bug. Workaround: just become root or enter root password.
Comment 1 Jindrich Novy 2005-01-20 10:13:51 EST
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.

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