Bug 11503 - kppp is a soft link in /usr/bin/consolehelper
Summary: kppp is a soft link in /usr/bin/consolehelper
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kdenetwork
Version: 6.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2000-05-18 14:27 UTC by Elias Athanasopoulos
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-05-26 15:18:18 UTC

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Description Elias Athanasopoulos 2000-05-18 14:27:09 UTC
kppp exists in two places:
- /usr/sbin/kppp (elf)
- /usr/bin/kppp  (soft link -> /usr/bin/consolehelper)

A similar situation involves the kpackage program.

I had to copy the elf kppp to /usr/bin and make it suid root in
order to be able to connect as an ordinary user.

Comment 1 Elias Athanasopoulos 2000-05-26 15:18:59 UTC
The installation mode was custom with KDE Desktop. I installed only the core
and development libraries for GNOME.

Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-06-17 21:36:57 UTC
It's not a bug, it's a feature.
consolehelper is a wrapper program that lets ordinary users start programs as
root under certain circumstances.
setuid programs are always security problems.

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